On Tuesday, former White House aide Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Channel that President Joe Biden will not debate the eventual GOP nominee for 2024.
Conway, who was former senior counsel to President Donald Trump, made the remark while speaking to Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“He won’t. They won’t let him out there,” former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said of Biden. “They hardly let him out there at all. We don’t see much of him.” https://t.co/9YmXSb75QU
— The Hill (@thehill) August 23, 2023
“No, he won’t,” Conway responded when host Laura Ingraham asked if she thought Biden would debate the eventual GOP nominee. “They won’t let him out there. They hardly let him out there at all. We don’t see much of him. And maybe that also means Kamala doesn’t have to debate, which they would want to avoid also because she battles the teleprompter every day and the teleprompter wins. She doesn’t put in the work. I can’t imagine her debating another human being on policy and substance and her record, but that would be terrible. I believe debates are part of the democratic process. We, the people, deserve to see the voters debate each other free of charge.”
Conway made the remarks in response to Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who believes Trump’s absence from the upcoming GOP debate could be an excuse for Biden to skip future debates.
Fleischer maintained that while the former president has nothing to gain by being on the debate stage, Trump could have an “inconsistent problem when Biden skips the next debate.
Trump says he is not doing *any* debates
He lost any leverage he had to get Biden on the debate stage pic.twitter.com/D8alRZWDO2
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) August 20, 2023
“If the precedent is set that Donald Trump didn’t debate, ‘so why should I ?’ will say Joe Biden next fall,” Fleischer said. “… If it was good enough for him to skip, can be good enough for Biden. And as somebody who wants America to be exposed to what an 82-year-old bumbler looks like, nothing is more important than getting Joe Biden on that stage and not giving him an excuse. “
The Republican National Committee (RNC) will host the first GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night without Trump. Trump, who is the Republican front runner for 2024, chose to skip the debate citing his commanding poll leads over the other candidates.
The former president maintained that it would be “sort of foolish” for him to attend the debate given his debate. Trump also argued that his presence on the debate stage might help boost other candidates who will be looking to score points at his expense.
“I feel it’s sort of foolish to be doing it,” Trump said. “I think it could be stupid—it could be a stupid thing to do. When you’re leading by 50 and 60 points against these people, and you have people at zero, and 1 and 2—and then they’re going to be asking me hostile questions and they probably won’t have much of an audience if I’m not in the debates according to what I read. If I’m not in the debates, then they’re not going to have a very big audience. It seems almost like it would be foolish to do them.”