After Debate Debacle, Democrats Question If Biden Should Continue To Debate Trump
The debate was nearly impossible to follow at some points, with both candidates arguing about topics that were not even supposed to be discussed, as well as talking over each other and moderator, Chris Wallace. The biggest offender of breaking debate rules out of the two was Trump, who he repeatedly interrupted and ignored time limits. Trump’s behavior made many Democrats ask if the Biden campaign should even bother with the upcoming debates in Miami and Nashville in October, asking for more restrictions to be placed on the president if he fails to follow the debate rules again. The Biden campaign responded firmly that he would be attending both debates.
“It was very hard to follow what was being said, and President Trump showed not just disrespect to the moderator, but to the American people who tuned in trying to figure out what his plans are,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) stated. “The point of the debate is for the American people to make a decision, informed by hearing from the two candidates on… what are your values? Joe Biden came prepared to respect the American people. Donald Trump did not.”
Simon Rosenberg, former senior consultant for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, argued that Biden’s team should fight for more restrictions placed on the president for the Miami and Nashville debates. While he believes that both Biden and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris should continue to debate, “they should work to make sure Trump can’t repeat his performance tonight. Moderators should have the ability to cut off his mic and split screens should be limited. Let them talk to the American people without the other facial expressions and interruptions registering.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who worked closely with Trump during his debate preparations, said that Trump’s aggressiveness “was the right thing,” but Trump might have also been “too hot.”
“With all that heat, you lose the light,” Christie said, “That potentially can be fixed. Maybe, maybe not. We will have to see.”
Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh was quick to blame the messy debate on moderator Wallace, saying he “jumped in too often to save Biden from himself when he had backed himself into a corner or couldn’t come up with an answer.”