House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Democrat nominee Joe Biden last week to cancel the upcoming presidential debates because Democrats should not “legitimize” conversation with the president.
Biden has moved quickly to dismiss the notion, but Joe Biden just got the news that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is asking for written confirmation that he will not blindside the nation with a last-minute cancellation as the debates draw near.
“While [Biden] may verbally give vague assertions of his intentions, there is no way of knowing what his handlers truly have planned for him,” Giuliani wrote in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Biden said last week that he will appear in the planned debates, though he still included a caveat in his statement. “As long as the Commission [on Presidential Debates] continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I’m going to debate him,” Biden told MSNBC. The presidential hopeful did not elaborate on what constitutes a deviation from the “straight and narrow.
Biden’s tenuous pledge to make good on his agreement to appear isn’t good enough for the Trump campaign. Giuliani continued in his letter:
The public discussion of canceling the debate schedule should not be allowed to continue unchecked. To be clear again, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are fully committed to the three presidential debates agreed upon and the single vice presidential debate. We are concerned that arguments to eliminate debates have escalated and we now believe that re-stated written confirmation from the Biden campaign is needed to ensure that he will attend three debates in person.
GOP operatives fear that the Biden campaign will find a way to weasel out of actually appearing at the much-anticipated debates due to Biden’s declining ability to string together coherent sentences.
For instance, in a televised appearance in Pittsburg, PA on Monday, Biden appeared to have lost his train of thought mid-sentence when attacking Trump’s coronavirus response:
COVID has taken this year— just since the outbreak— has taken more than 100 year— look, here’s— the lives, it’s just, it’s just, I mean think about it— more lives this year than any other year.
The Trump campaign immediately seized on the incident as proof that Biden is experiencing significant cognitive decline. Breitbart reported that Biden retreated back to the basement immediately following the rare public appearance.
The first presidential debate is scheduled for September 29, followed by another on October 15. The final debate will be held on October 22.