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Trump accepts debate challenge from Biden; date fixed

Battle for White House: Biden and Trump agree to face off in debate

By Web Desk
May 17, 2024
Biden and Trump Agree to Debate. Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22, 2020. — AFP)
Biden and Trump Agree to Debate. Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22, 2020. — AFP)

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are set for a debate ahead of the 2024 election.

Earlier this week, Biden proposed two debates with Trump. The former president eagerly accepted the proposal, saying he was “ready to rumble.”

The two presidential candidates will have a face-off at 9pm ET on June 26 when they will be hosted by CNN in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said that he would not participate in the autumn presidential debates sponsored by the nonpartisan commission. He opted for news organisations to host the debates.

"Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020. Since then, he hasn't shown up for a debate. Now he's acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day, pal. I'll even do it twice,” Biden said in a short video posted to X, formerly Twitter.

Taking a dig at the former president, Biden said, "So let's pick the dates Donald, I hear you're free on Wednesdays."

Accepting the challenge, Trump said on his social media platform, Truth Social, "I am Ready and Willing to Debate Crooked Joe at the two proposed times in June and September. I would strongly recommend more than two debates and, for excitement purposes, a very large venue, although Biden is supposedly afraid of crowds - That's only because he doesn't get them. Just tell me when, I'll be there. 'Let's get ready to Rumble! ! !'"

The debates are going to attract a lot of stares as the two have a history of disagreements. During the 2020 debate, the two candidates exchanged heated words and resorted to personal attacks. However, the two are expected to squarely limit themselves to issues such as the economy, healthcare, and foreign policy.