One of Joe Biden’s top campaign officials wasted little time late Tuesday evening to confirm that the former vice president has pledged to participate in the last two debates before the November election.
Kate Bedingfield, the deputy campaign manager, dismissed claims that she would miss the last two showdowns. His remarks came after Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., Told Politico he wasn’t sure Biden should make the commitment. Coons, a Biden supporter, said he would leave the decision to the campaign, but questioned the effectiveness of the debates for candidates facing Trump.
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“The point of the debate is that the American people make a decision, informed by listening to the two candidates about what your record is, what are your values? Joe Biden was ready to respect the American people. Donald Trump did not,” he said. said.
The next debates are scheduled for 15 and 22 October.
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Some of Biden’s supporters have questioned the wisdom of these debates in the past. Joe Lockhart, a former White House press officer, wrote an editorial in August urging Biden to skip the debates altogether.
He wrote to CNN: “It’s a foolish thing to step into the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or the truth. Biden will undoubtedly take warmth from the Republicans and the media for skipping the debates. But it’s worth the risk as it tries to arguing about someone unable to tell the truth is an impossible race to win. “
Jason Miller, a senior advisor on Trump’s re-election campaign, took to Twitter to theorize that Biden’s campaign only engaged in upcoming debates because of Tuesday night’s outcome.
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“The fact that they are also dealing with this is further proof that Biden has lost badly tonight,” he said.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report