Biden Tells Howard Stern He Would Debate Trump, Prompting Speculation About Staff Reaction

Biden and Trump agree to debate in 2024 election, setting up highly anticipated rematch of 2020 race. Both campaigns express interest, but details remain uncertain as Commission on Presidential Debates determines eligibility.

Salman Akhtar
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Biden Tells Howard Stern He Would Debate Trump, Prompting Speculation About Staff Reaction

Biden Tells Howard Stern He Would Debate Trump, Prompting Speculation About Staff Reaction

On April 28, 2024, U.S. President Biden says he would be pleased to debate his presumptive Republican opponent, former President Donald Trump, in the upcoming presidential election. This statement marked Biden's most definitive comment yet on the issue, as his reelection campaign had previously declined to commit to participating in the debates.

Trump responded positively to the idea on his Truth Social platform, saying he is willing to debate Biden "anywhere, anytime, anyplace." The Trump campaign has been pushing for earlier debates, arguing that they should happen before early voting starts in some areas. Trump's campaign adviser, Chris LaCivita, welcomed the prospect, saying "Ok let's set it up!"

Biden's team has expressed some skepticism about Trump's enthusiasm for debates, and the Biden campaign is not in a rush to commit to a specific date or format. The Commission on Presidential Debates has already announced the dates and locations for the three general election debates between the presidential candidates in September and October 2024, but has not yet determined who will be eligible to participate.

Biden and Trump previously debated each other twice during the 2020 election, with Biden notably irritated by Trump's antics in the chaotic first debate. The Republican National Committee had previously voted to withdraw from the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, citing bias.

Why this matters: The potential debates between Biden and Trump, a rematch of the 2020 election, are anticipated to be highly anticipated events in the 2024 presidential race. The debates could have a significant impact on undecided voters and shape the narrative of the campaign in its final months.

Biden's interview with Stern continued the White House's trend of limiting most interviews to a few celebrity hosts, showing a side of the president rarely seen. Biden suggested he will debate Trump, despite his campaign's reluctance to commit. A dozen news organizations have urged both candidates to participate in the Commission on Presidential Debates' scheduled events.

Key Takeaways

  • Biden says he'd debate Trump, a rematch of 2020 election.
  • Trump responds positively, wants earlier debates before voting.
  • Biden campaign skeptical, not rushing to commit to debate details.
  • Debates could significantly impact undecided voters and campaign.
  • Biden suggests he'll debate despite campaign's prior reluctance.