Tuesday’s chaotic debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some commentators wondering whether the two presidential candidates will participate at all in the next two scheduled debates.
But Biden’s campaign shut down speculation that it would skip out.
“Joe Biden’s going to show up. He’s going to continue showing up to speak to the American people,” top Biden campaign aide Kate Bedingfield told reporters in a post-debate call. “We are committing to attending the debates.”
During the debate, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News struggled to keep the president from continuously interrupting Biden and allowing for equal time.
“Clearly, this was the most chaotic presidential debate that I’ve ever seen,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said in live coverage after the debate. “It will certainly raise — raising a lot of questions about the future of the presidential debate between these two candidates. I wouldn’t be surprised, by the way, if this is the last presidential debate between the president of the United States and the former vice president of the United States.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough openly advocated for Biden not to participate in future debates.
“This is a disgrace, a low point in American debate history. There is no reason, not one, that Joe Biden should participate in another debate,” he said in a tweet.
This is a disgrace, a low point in American debate history. There is no reason, not one, that Joe Biden should participate in another debate.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 30, 2020
Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan, told the Washington Examiner minutes after the debate ended that he noticed buzz questioning whether there would be future debates.
“It will only be more difficult going along,” Kall said. “It’ll be a lot more discussion on, you know, that process and are these even useful to undecided voters.”
In a post-debate interview on CNN, though, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris seemed to shut down the idea of Biden skipping future debates.
“Joe Biden is never going to refuse to talk to the American people,” Harris said, adding that the “American people benefited from a very clear contrast” during Tuesday’s debate.
Two more debates between Trump and Biden are scheduled for Oct. 15 and 22, and a debate between Harris and Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled for Oct. 7.