“I myself — just don’t tell anybody who told you this, especially don’t tell Joe Biden: I don’t think that there should be any debates,”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, discussing a future debate between Biden and Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not participate in any debates against the president this fall, in a report from ABC News.
Pelosi was quoted as saying, “I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should [and] has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.”
Fox News mentions that Pelosi is the latest high-profile Democrat to offer a major piece of advice to the former vice president. Earlier this week, former 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said Biden shouldn’t concede the race under any circumstances.
Pelosi cited Trump’s “disgraceful” performance at the 2016 debate when he was “stalking” Clinton as one reason Biden should break tradition and sit out the debates.
Hillary Clinton also had some advice for Biden: “Don’t concede in a close race.”
“Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually, I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”
After months of criticising mail-in voting, the president told Chris Wallace of Fox News in late July that he might not accept a losing result in November’s presidential election, because “mail-in voting is going to rig” it.
The week prior, Mr Trump also tweeted without proof: “Mail-In Ballot fraud found in many elections. People are just now seeing how bad, dishonest and slow it is. He also tweeted about how Barack Obama won the presidency by relying on dead voters to get him elected.
Pelosi went on to say, “So I think that he’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency; he does that every day,”
“But I think it will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about. And they’re not to be about skullduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process.”
Officially, Pelosi wasn’t speaking on Biden’s behalf. She is not a part of Biden’s campaign.
But, Republicans were quick to jump at the opportunity that Pelosi presented. Forbes says that the conservatives mentioned “that it serves as an example of Biden’s fear of debating Trump despite Biden repeatedly saying he “can hardly wait” to debate,”.
The article goes on to mention, ‘The Trump campaign has frequently cast Biden as scared to debate despite Trump’s own wavering on the debates and his efforts to have a fourth debatewith friendly moderators and move the debates earlier.’
The first presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September. Two more are scheduled for Miami, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn., on 15 and 22 October, respectively, according to MSN.