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Moderators Announced for 3 Presidential Debates

Fox's Chris Wallace is first on the list

(Newser) - A Fox News anchor has been chosen as the moderator of the first debate between President Trump and Joe Biden—but the Trump campaign may not be thrilled about it. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Tuesday that the Sept. 29 debate in Cleveland will be moderated by Chris Wallace,... More »

This Time, Democrat Shouldn't Debate Trump, Pelosi Says

Biden says he'll fact-check the president himself

(Newser) - Calling Donald Trump's behavior during the 2016 presidential debates "disgraceful," Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats' nominee should refuse to face the president onstage. Trump also lacks a connection to "truth, evidence, data, and facts," the House speaker said. "I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation... More »

Notre Dame Drops Out of Presidential Debate

Opening round instead will be held in Cleveland

(Newser) - The University of Michigan did it last month, and now Notre Dame has decided it won't host the presidential debate scheduled for its campus. "The necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus," the university's president said... More »

No More Chance of 'Go Blue!' Joke at 2nd Presidential Debate

University of Michigan has given up its hosting duties

(Newser) - Joe Biden will have to scratch the "Go Blue!" joke from his intro of the second 2020 presidential debate. The University of Michigan has backed out of hosting duties, which have been assumed by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Oct. 15, per... More »

This Time, Trump Decides, He Wants 4 Debates

Aides also ask commission to hold the first event earlier than usual

(Newser) - The Democratic and Republican presidential nominees usually meet three times in the fall campaign. But with President Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, the president's campaign tried Thursday to up the ante. Trump aides told the commission that handles the events that they want four... More »

Biden Supports Bill, but No More Debates

Presidential candidate criticizes Trump's Easter goal

(Newser) - Joe Biden said Wednesday he hopes the stimulus bill passes Congress quickly, adding that more spending will be required soon to overcome the economic damage done by the pandemic. "We're going to need new infrastructure going down the road here," the former vice president said. "And... More »

Klobuchar, Buttigieg Rivalry Is Getting Nasty

These 2 really seem to dislike each other

(Newser) - The rough night suffered by Michael Bloomberg has dominated post-debate coverage, but another aspect of the Democratic race is also coming into focus: Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg appear to genuinely dislike each other. The Minnesota senator and the former South Bend mayor clashed numerous times, and Klobuchar seemed to... More »

At This Same Debate in 2016, One Candidate Was Devastated

Expect things to get just as 'feisty' this time around

(Newser) - The Democratic Party's seven strongest presidential contenders are preparing for what could be the fiercest debate stage clash of the 2020 primary season. Friday's debate in New Hampshire—which runs from 8-11pm ET and is hosted by ABC—comes four days before the state's primary and on... More »

Just Under the Wire, a 6th Debate Contender

Tom Steyer will join Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren on Tuesday

(Newser) - And then there were six. On Thursday morning, just Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren had met polling and fundraising requirements to participate in Tuesday's Democratic debate in Iowa. By Thursday evening, there was a new entry : businessman Tom Steyer, who Politico notes was... More »

Trump: If I Debate, We're Doing It Differently

Commission on Presidential Debates is 'stacked with Trump Haters,' he says

(Newser) - Last week, the New York Times reported that President Trump might skip the 2020 presidential debates. On Monday, Trump himself clarified his position: He says he wants to debate, but not through the non-profit organization that has traditionally organized the forums, reports the Hill . In a series of tweets , Trump... More »

2020 Debates May Be Missing a Key Player

Sources tell 'NYT' Trump might skip them

(Newser) - Wondering how the general election debates between President Trump and the Democratic nominee will go down? We may never find out. Two sources said to be familiar with Trump's discussions on the matter tells the New York Times the president is mulling not showing up for any such showdowns—... More »

Democratic Debate Stage Just Got a Little Less White

Andrew Yang qualifies for Dec. 19 event with latest Quinnipiac poll

(Newser) - The sixth Democratic debate is happening next Thursday, and there will now be seven candidates on the stage at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The new contender to join Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren in the PBS NewsHour/Politico event: Andrew Yang,... More »

DC Had a TV Dilemma Tuesday Night

A critical Washington Nationals playoff game or the Democratic debates?

(Newser) - Residents of Washington, DC, live and breathe politics, so a presidential debate has the cachet of a sports playoff. Except on Tuesday night, there was an actual sports playoff, in the form of the hometown Washington Nationals playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series—meaning locals... More »

DNC Again Bumps Up Debate Thresholds

Candidates must have 165K unique donors, hit 3% in four polls to make November debate

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate in November, the AP reports. But in a nod to the potential for late-surging campaigns, the increases are not as steep as those from the first and... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Good News for Tom Steyer

Democratic presidential candidate qualifies for October debate

(Newser) - Tom Steyer was one of the Democratic presidential candidates who failed to qualify for the September debate , coming up Thursday. But the billionaire financier will be on stage for the October debate, his campaign announced Sunday. In what Politico calls "a quirk in the debate rules," candidates had... More »

On Debate Deadline Day, New Polls Have Bad News for Some

Looks like the next Democratic presidential debate will have just 10 candidates

(Newser) - Midnight Wednesday is the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate, and with hours to go, two newly released polls failed to bring good news to any of the candidates who have been struggling to qualify, NBC News reports. Most notably, billionaire financier Tom Steyer—who came the... More »

NBC Announces 5 Moderators for First Debate

Dems' debate will air on NBC stations across the country, 'a rarity'

(Newser) - The first Democratic presidential debate is a little more than two weeks away, and the moderators have been announced: Rachel Maddow, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The debate, which will take place in two parts on June 26 and 27 in Miami, will air... More »

Megyn Kelly: Trump Offered Gifts in Bid to Sway Press

'Clearly meant to shape coverage'

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly says Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to give her gifts, including a free stay at one of his hotels, as part of what she called his pattern of trying to influence news coverage of his campaign, reports the AP , which got an advance copy of Kelly's new memoir.... More »

Trump: Everyone's Overreacting to My Election Remarks

GOP nominee tells radio host 'too much is being made' of comments on accepting election results

(Newser) - It's become de rigueur to become outraged at almost anything Donald Trump does or says these days, but reaction to his latest remarks about the election have been completely overblown, according to Trump himself. Besides his "nasty woman" comment from last Wednesday's debate, Trump also came under... More »

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