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Uncertainty Surrounds Biden’s Participation in 2024 General Election Debates

by Ethan Kim
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Biden 2024 Debates

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, President Joe Biden’s campaign remains noncommittal regarding their participation in the general election debates, indicating a potential departure from a long-standing tradition in presidential campaigns.

Quentin Fulks, the Deputy Campaign Manager for Biden, conveyed to the media on Wednesday that while the campaign will review the debate schedule proposed by the independent Commission on Presidential Debates, their immediate priority is building a robust national campaign structure.

Fulks, speaking at a Democratic event held at the same location as the Republican primary debate in Alabama, emphasized the campaign’s current focus on developing a competitive infrastructure for the 2024 election, putting debate participation discussions on hold.

When probed further, Fulks redirected the conversation towards the contentious Republican primary and former President Trump’s absence from the debates. He pointed out that Trump, despite leading in the primaries, has not participated in any debates, including the one at the University of Alabama. Trump, however, has expressed an interest in debating during the general election.

Trump’s stance has been consistent with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) decision to avoid sanctioning general election debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The RNC, alleging bias on the part of the commission, voted in April 2022 to withdraw from these debates. This decision follows their requirement that Republican primary candidates pledge to only attend RNC-sanctioned debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has scheduled three presidential and one vice-presidential debate for the fall of next year. These include debates at Texas State University, Lafayette College, Virginia State University, and the University of Utah, leading up to the election on November 5.

This report includes contributions from Steve Peoples, a correspondent with Big Big News in New York.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Biden 2024 Debates

Is President Biden’s Campaign Committing to Participate in the 2024 General Election Debates?

As of now, President Biden’s campaign has not made a definitive commitment to participating in the 2024 general election debates. Quentin Fulks, the Deputy Campaign Manager, stated that while they will review the debate schedule set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, their current priority is to build a robust national campaign infrastructure for the upcoming election.

Why is Former President Trump Not Participating in the GOP Primary Debates?

Former President Trump has chosen not to participate in the GOP primary debates, citing his significant lead over other Republican candidates. However, he has expressed interest in debating during the general election, indicating a different approach to that stage of the campaign.

What is the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Stance on the Commission on Presidential Debates?

The Republican National Committee has expressed a lack of confidence in the Commission on Presidential Debates, alleging bias. In April 2022, the RNC unanimously voted to withdraw from debates organized by the Commission and has required GOP primary candidates to pledge to only attend debates sanctioned by the RNC.

What is the Scheduled Plan for the Presidential Debates in 2024?

The Commission on Presidential Debates has scheduled three debates for presidential candidates and one for vice-presidential candidates in the fall of 2024. These debates are planned to be held at Texas State University, Lafayette College, Virginia State University, and the University of Utah, leading up to the election on November 5, 2024.

More about Biden 2024 Debates

  • Biden’s Campaign Strategy
  • GOP Primary Debates
  • Commission on Presidential Debates
  • 2024 Presidential Election Schedule
  • Republican National Committee Stance
  • Trump’s Debate Participation
  • Electoral Debate History

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5 comments

KevinT December 7, 2023 - 6:22 am

Debates are crucial for democracy, hope they figure this out soon. Can’t imagine an election without them.

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Rachel P December 7, 2023 - 7:02 am

RNC’s decision to avoid the commission debates, that’s a big deal, isn’t it? might change the whole debate landscape.

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Gary J. December 7, 2023 - 10:54 pm

interesting read, but isnt it too early to talk about debates? still, politics is always full of surprises.

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LindaS December 8, 2023 - 4:32 am

Biden’s team seems cautious, wonder how this will play out in the media…

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TomH December 8, 2023 - 4:58 am

Trump not attending debates, thats a bold move, or is it just arrogance? lets see how this affects his campaign

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