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Presidential debate schedule set: Time for Joe to exit the basement

There will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.

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The schedule for the three presidential debates and one veep debate was finalized Tuesday by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The first presidential debate will be at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on September 29. The veep debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 7. The second presidential debate will be held on October 5 in Miami, Florida, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The last presidential debate will take place on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. All debates will be 90 minutes long and will run from 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST.

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The Biden campaign commented, “Joe Biden looks forward to facing Donald Trump in a multi-debate series that the American people have come to expect from their leaders; we hope that President Trump would not break that tradition or make excuses for a refusal to participate,” wrote Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.

To the contrary, in a statement to The New York Times, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said: “We want fair debates. We want them sooner and we want a bigger schedule. We also don’t want them up against football games competing for viewers. As many Americans as possible need to see the stark differences between the accomplishments and leadership of President Trump and the failed record and sleepiness of Joe Biden.”

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This is par for the course for the Biden campaign, as they are terrified of the prospect of debates against the president. So they will begin mouthing talking points saying the president will not participate when he and his campaign are saying exactly the opposite and are actually calling for more debates.

Biden is likely caught between two opposing camps in his own campaign. One intelligent group is urging him to run to the middle to attract swing voters he must have to win, especially given the disgust voters feel for the recent violent riots that have been associated with the Democratic Party. Another camp is telling him, given what they myopically perceive as the strength of a left-wing moment, to double down on the most radical aspects of recent Democrat policies and pronouncements. Biden will likely choose something in the middle that pleases no one, partially offends everyone, and does his campaign little good.

The president will receive similar counsel between those who want him to curtail his rambunctious debate style and those who are advising him to let ‘er rip. Given presidential debates have not been about substance for decades, but are instead about political spectacle designed to entertain and not edify, the president would be well advised to give the audience in the venues and the millions of viewers at home a good show filled with signature Trump bombast and comedy.

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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