President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested moving up the first presidential debate, stating that he and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “owe it to the American People” to battle it out on stage before any states cast their votes.
Trump’s remarks came just hours after his re-election campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday formally requesting a debate be held during the first week of September before early voting begins in 16 states.
The first debate is currently scheduled to take place on Sept. 29, with two other debates scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.
How can voters be sending in Ballots starting, in some cases, one month before the First Presidential Debate. Move the First Debate up. A debate, to me, is a Public Service. Joe Biden and I owe it to the American People!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2020
This is no different than any other Presidential election ever. Why do you get to change the rules when you are running? Let's keep things they way the've been for the past 30 years.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 6, 2020