WASHINGTON – The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and locations for three presidential debates in 2024 .
The first debating is scheduled for September 16 at Texas State University, San Marcos. This will be followed by October 1 at Virginia State University, Petersburg and then Oct. 9 at University of Utah Salt Lake City.
The only vice presidential debate is scheduled for the 25th of September at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania.
In a joint statement that accompanied the announcement, Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the commission, and Antonia Hernández, said: “The United States general election debates are a model to many other countries. They provide a unique opportunity for candidates to address important issues in an open and fair environment.” This tradition has not been broken since 1976.
The Bidencampaign has declined to comment.
Kate Bedingfield is a former White House Communications Director and Biden 2020 Deputy Campaign Manager. She discussed the non-committal 2024 campaign, saying that it was “a good strategy to know who your opponents will be before you commit yourself to debate them.”
She told NBC News, “We know the RNC is already out of the debates for the general elections and Trump doesn’t debating at the moment in the primary.” The Biden campaign does not need to commit themselves to a process when there are so many unknowns. And the only thing that we know is that Trump’s opponent will lie with abandon during a debate. They can wait to make a decision and then decide when they have more information.
A source familiar with Biden’s team’s thinking suggested that the campaign will likely discuss issues regarding the 2020 debates with the commission in 2024. These include if and how the moderators will fact-check the candidates as well as assurances from the commission that there won’t be a repetition of the first debate where strictCovid security rules didn’t appear to be completely enforced.
Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said that President Trump had already commented on this issue in several interviews over the past year.
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According to the website, the commission is a nonpartisan organization that organizes public debates in order to “offer the members of society an opportunity to sharpen [their] views on the candidates from whom the next Vice President and President will be chosen.”
In 2022 the Republican National Committee will voteto prohibit GOP presidential candidates from participating in debates organized and hosted by the commission. Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman last year, called the commission biased. She argued that it had refused to implement simple reforms in order to ensure fair debates. These included hosting debates prior to voting and selecting moderators with no experience working for candidates.
RNC didn’t immediately respond to Monday’s request for a comment.
To be eligible to participate in a commission debate, a candidate must meet the following requirements: they must be constitutionally qualified to serve as President, their name appears on enough state ballots that their chances of winning the Electoral College are high, and at least 15% support their campaign as determined by polling organisations selected by the Commission.
Next year, the commission will announce more details, such as the format of the debates and the moderators.