The Trump campaign sent a letter to the presidential debate commission asking to add a fourth debate in early September or move the final debate scheduled for October 22nd to the first week in September.
Rudy Giuliani made the request in a letter on Wednesday. He argued that millions of Americans would have already cast their vote before getting to see Biden and Trump go head to head on the debate stage.
“For a nation already deprived of a traditional campaign schedule because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it makes no sense to also deprive so many Americans of the opportunity to see and hear the two competing visions for our country’s future before millions of votes have been cast,” wrote Giuliani.
The campaign also proposed a list of debate moderators including Brett Baier, Charles Payne, Susan Li, David Brody from the Christian Broadcasting Network, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. The list also includes Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, and Hoda Kotb,
The campaign’s spokesperson told Axios that with the announcement today that Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination for president in person, “We are convinced he’ll try to weasel out of debates.”
In recent weeks there have been calls for Biden to refuse to debate Donald Trump unless he releases his tax returns.
Despite this Andrew Bates, the spokesperson for the Biden campaign said the former VP “will appear on the dates that the commission selected and in the locations they chose.” Adding, “Donald Trump has not, continually trying to insert his choice of friendly moderators, now including one who just published an op-ed offering ‘the case’ for Trump’s reelection. Joe Biden will be there.”