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Media Giants Push for 2024 Presidential Debates Between Trump and Biden

In a rare collective initiative, key broadcast and cable news networks, alongside major print and radio organizations, have issued a public call to the presumptive presidential nominees to commit to participating in the upcoming general election debates.

The open letter, signed by media stalwarts including ABC News, CNN, CBS News, FOX News Media, NBCUniversal News Group, C-SPAN, The Associated Press, NewsNation, Noticias Univision, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and USA TODAY, was released in an effort to uphold a longstanding political tradition.

The media groups noted the critical importance of open presidential debates in all elections that have happened since 1976. 

These events have historically allowed voters to directly compare the platforms and demeanors of presidential candidates.

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However, in recent years the situation has changed. Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have expressed reservations about the formats and fairness of the debates.

Despite skipping the Republican primary debates and a 2020 presidential debate, Trump has expressed a willingness to debate Biden this fall, pushing for the incumbent to commit to the scheduled events.

The Biden campaign has been cautious, questioning the ability of the Commission on Presidential Debates to manage a fair debate, especially given the politicized atmosphere and previous experiences in 2020.

Since the 1980s, the Commission on Presidential Debates has organized these events, but it has come under scrutiny, particularly from the Republican National Committee, which formally withdrew from the commission’s processes in 2022.

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Trump’s campaign has argued for earlier and additional debates, citing the increase in early voting. 

They contend that the current schedule does not adequately inform voters before many have already cast their ballots.

“Voting is beginning earlier and earlier, and as we saw in 2020, tens of millions of Americans had already voted by the time of the first debate,” claimed the Trump team. 

They added, “Specific to the Commission’s proposed 2024 calendar, it simply comes too late.”

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Despite the controversies, the commission has scheduled three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate for the fall, with locations spread across several states, attempting to accommodate an extensive national audience.

The media consortium’s letter closes by emphasizing the unparalleled value of debates in offering a direct, unfiltered comparison of the candidates’ visions for the country’s future, urging both candidates to recognize their responsibility to participate as a service to American voters.

As the election approaches, the pressure from media organizations reflects a broader concern about the integrity and informativeness of the electoral process, highlighting debates as a fundamental component of democratic engagement.

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