Trump Accepts Biden's Presidential Debate Challenge

Trump Accepts Biden's Presidential Debate Challenge
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The Facts

  • Former Pres. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Wednesday accepted the proposal of Pres. Joe Biden to debate in June and September. Trump called Biden "the WORST debater I have ever faced."

  • Trump posted on Truth Social he is "ready and willing to Debate Crooked Joe," and he'd want more than the two rounds Biden has proposed.

The Spin

Republican narrative

Biden has finally agreed to debate Trump, but he's insisting on absurd and unreasonable guardrails — no audience, no third-party candidates, time limits — and Democrat-friendly networks. Even on Biden's terms, Trump will prevail and show the US electorate why he should return to the White House.

Democratic narrative

Trump is going to get steamrolled, especially with the rules Biden is insisting on. Trump won't be able to function without an audience to cheer him on or with time limits keeping him from interrupting. Of course, it remains to be seen if he'll show up after dodging so many debates in 2020 and during the 2024 primary race.

Metaculus Prediction

Political split



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