Trump's Challenge Ignites Biden's Response: Debate Decision Hinges On One Thing...

By Victor Smiroff | Sunday, 10 March 2024 05:15 AM
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In the wake of his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden has expressed uncertainty about engaging in a debate with President Trump, the anticipated Republican presidential nominee.

His decision, he stated on Friday, would hinge on Trump's "behavior."

Earlier in the week, Trump had issued a challenge to Biden for a debate "anytime, anywhere, anyplace." The challenge was posted on Truth Social, Trump's social media platform, mere hours after Nikki Haley, his final Republican opponent, suspended her campaign.

In his post, Trump emphasized the importance of a debate between him and Biden for the welfare of the nation. "It is important, for the Good of our Country, that Joe Biden and I Debate Issues that are so vital to America, and the American People," he wrote. "Therefore, I am calling for Debates, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE! The Debates can be run by the Corrupt DNC, or their Subsidiary, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)."

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The Biden campaign responded swiftly to Trump's invitation. Michael Tyler, Biden campaign communications director, suggested that Trump's eagerness for a debate was a desperate attempt to garner attention and broaden his appeal beyond his core supporters. "I know Donald Trump's thirsty for attention and struggling to expand his appeal beyond the MAGA base — and that's a conversation we'll have at the appropriate time in this cycle," Tyler told Fox News Digital. "But if he's so desperate to see President Biden in prime time, he doesn't have to wait!"

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Tyler extended an invitation to Trump to watch Biden's State of the Union address on Thursday night. Trump accepted the invitation and provided live commentary during the address.

In his State of the Union address, Biden made numerous indirect references to Trump, referring to him as "my predecessor." In a post-address interview with Fox News Digital, Trump criticized Biden's performance, stating that Biden "suffers from a terminal case of Trump derangement syndrome," and described the president as "angry" and "mentally disturbed" throughout his speech. "He did a terrible job," Trump concluded.

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