Biden snubs commission's debates as he challenges Trump to two debates

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he will not participate in fall presidential debates sponsored by the nonpartisan commission.


President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to agree on a timetable to participate in two debates before the November general election, as the Democrat announced that he will not participate in fall presidential debates sponsored by the nonpartisan commission that has organized them for more than three decades. Biden's campaign instead proposed that media organizations directly organize the debates with the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees , with the first to be held in late June and the second in September before early voting begins. Trump, in a post on his Truth Social site, said he was “Ready and Willing to Debate” Biden at the two proposed times in June and September.

Still the two camps remain far part on key questions of how to organize the debates, including agreeing on media partners, moderators, location and rules — some of the very questions that prompted the formation of the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1987. Biden's proposal would exclude third-party candidates, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Biden’s campaign has long held a grudge against the nonpartisan commission for failing to evenly apply its rules during the 2020 Biden-Trump matchups — most notably when it didn’t enforce its COVID-19 testing rules on Trump and his entourage — and Biden’s team has held talks with television networks and some Republicans about ways to circumvent the commission’s grip on presidential debates. READ MORE: M.