Biden, Trump Agree To Go Head To Head For Presidential Debates

Biden, Trump Agree To Go Head To Head For Presidential Debates

United States President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump have agreed to engage in two presidential debates. One in June and another in September.

The first forum which will hold in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 27, will be hosted by CNN, and will have no audience, CNN said. It will be moderated by hosts Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

ABC will host the second one on September 10, but the network has not given a location where it will hold. It however said its presenters, David Muir and Linsey Davis, would moderate the second debate.

The announcement was made after Biden, a Democrat, laid out his terms for debating his Republican predecessor ahead of November’s election.

Trump took to his social media platform, Truth social to announce that he had accepted an invitation from Fox news for a third debate on October 2.

“We believe there should be more than just two opportunities for the American people to hear more from the candidates themselves,” the Trump campaign said.

However, Biden’s campaign chairwoman, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said the president had “made his terms clear for two one-on-one debates, and Donald Trump accepted those terms”.

Biden had proposed two televised debates in June and September, a proposal his rival accepted, before suggesting they debate every month.

Robert F Kennedy Jr, who is running as an independent candidate, accused Biden and Trump of colluding to exclude him, but later said on Wednesday via X, formerly Twitter, that he would meet the requirements to qualify for the CNN debate.

Melissa Enoch

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