US presidential election: Biden and Trump ready to debate in June and September | US elections 2024

“Let’s go for a fight!” »: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday challenged his rival Donald Trump to debate twice before the presidential election, in June and then in September, and the latter immediately accepted.

Today he says he wants to debate me again. In that case, humor me, dude. I’ll even do it twicelaunched the 81-year-old Democrat, candidate in November for a second term, in a video message.

I am ready and decided to debate against “Joe the crook” on the two dates proposed in June and Septemberreacted the 77-year-old former president, on his network Truth Socialusing one of his favorite nicknames for his opponent.

Tell me when, I’ll be there. Let’s go for the fight!!!

A quote from Donald Trump, former American president

The American president’s campaign team indicated that he wanted to debate for the first time after the G7 summit in Italy, which will take place from June 13 to 15, and then early September.

Joe Biden then declared on the social network received and accepted an invitation from CNN for a duel on June 27, and added: The ball is in your court, Donald.

I strongly suggest doing more than two debatesfor his part said the Republican magnate on Truth Social.

Unlike the Democratic camp, which wants a confrontation without an audience, Donald Trump judged that the debate, to make it more excitingshould stand in a very large room, even if it seems that Biden is afraid of crowds.

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Hostility

The presidential debates are always highlights of an American campaign, and they will be particularly so this year, as the hostility is strong between these two men.

These duels will also be a test of the vivacity and intellectual endurance of the candidates, the oldest to have never run for the White House. Republicans continue to attack Joe Biden over his moments of confusion and his gaffes, while Democrats denounce Donald Trump’s sometimes totally incoherent outings.

In his video message, Joe Biden is frankly mocking: Let’s choose the dates Donald. I heard you were free on Wednesday.

The American president refers to the only weekly day off in the trial against his predecessor. Donald Trump, multiple criminal defendants, is required to appear in court for the rest of the week new York for a case of hidden payments to a former pornographic film actress.

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Donald Trump, alongside his lawyer Todd Blanche, in New York, May 14, 2024.

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Changes requested

Joe Biden’s campaign team sent a letter to the commission which usually organizes electoral debates to explain that its candidate would not comply with either the timetable or the conditions established by this body.

For several reasons, the model in force for years is no longer in phase with the structure of our elections nor with the interests of voters, we read in this letter. The commission had already set three dates: September 16, October 1 and October 9.

The Biden camp argues that the first debate should be held earlier, to account for Americans voting early, and the second early Septemberso as not to weigh on the final sprint of the campaign until November.

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In 2020, in Ohio, the exchanges were particularly vigorous between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Photo: Reuters / Brian Snyder

Democrats are also demanding that the debate be held without an audience, in a television studio with only the two main candidates and presenters.

The debate must be held for the benefit of Americans watching it on television, not as entertainment in front of an audience of agitated or disruptive supporters and donors.wrote the president of Joe Biden’s campaign, Jen O’Malley Dillon, in this letter to the presidential debates commission.

She also criticizes the commission for having been unable to enforce the rules on speaking time and interactions in 2020.

For the June and September debates, there must be a strict time limit for responses, and an alternation in speaking to avoid untimely interruptions, the Biden camp still demands.

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