Pelosi Hesitant About Trump v. Biden Debate

( – Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California said in a recent quick television interview that she doesn’t think President Joe Biden should bother sharing a debate stage with former President Donald Trump.

Trump and Biden agreed to participate in two debates leading into the presidential election in November. The first is scheduled to take place on CNN on June 27 and will be moderated by anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

CNN caught up with Pelosi on Wednesday, May 15, who told anchor Manu Raju that she personally “would never recommend going on stage” with Trump. Pelosi added that regardless of her opinion, this is what Biden is deciding to do and that she thinks “the format” suggested by the president “is a good one.”

Biden proposed holding two debates before the general election in November, which Trump has accepted. The two will battle it out on stage in June, which is historically early compared to past presidential elections, and then once again on September 10. The second debate will be hosted by ABC and moderated by anchors Lindsey Davis and David Muir.

For a while, it was unclear whether or not the Democratic Party would allow Biden to debate, especially amid ongoing concerns over his mental and physical abilities. Many in the party are reportedly pleased that he will take on Trump, and believe the decision is strategically necessary in order to show voters the clear difference between the two candidates.

Pelosi is mostly concerned about how Biden will handle some of Trump’s tactics on the debate stage, noting some of his behavior during the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.

The former House Speaker suggested that, instead of debates, the networks should host separate town halls for each candidate to present their case to the public. During these town hall meetings, she said each candidate should be challenged “with questions about the future” and then people can decide for themselves who they prefer to lead the country.

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