Trump And Biden At Odds Over Debate Topics

( – In May, President Joe Biden challenged former President Donald Trump to a debate. The call was accepted, and two dates were chosen—June 27, hosted by CNN, and September 10, hosted by ABC. Before they make it to the stage this month, Biden and Trump have to choose the topics—and they don’t agree.

While the moderators are tasked with ultimately choosing the topics, each presumptive candidate gets to put in a wish list of subjects. Biden’s teams asked for three subjects — Trump’s role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the former president’s insistence that the 2020 election was stolen, and Trump’s economic plan for the country. Trump’s campaign wants to talk about inflation, the border, and crime in America.

The former president’s campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt told the New York Post that it was “no surprise” that the president didn’t want to talk about topics that would make him “answer for his failed record.” She claimed that Biden wouldn’t “be able to gaslight Americans on live TV.” Biden’s re-election campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said the president will show the people there is only one strong leader who can deliver for the people — him. She said it really “doesn’t matter how Trump responds” because the viewers will “see the choice” based on the “crazy stuff” Trump says on stage.

There’s no doubt that Trump’s recent conviction will come up during the debate — he will also be sentenced by then.

The two presumptive nominees are also preparing in different ways for the first debate. Biden’s aides are reportedly planning to prep the president during an extended multi-day session, likely at Camp David. On the other hand, Trump’s team doesn’t plan to prepare the former president for the debates.

American voters will see which strategy worked best and which topics the moderators agreed to — if any were on the wish lists — later this month on CNN.

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