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“We want those three and one earlier than the rest,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s communications director, told POLITICO.
Murtaugh did not clarify Perrine’s remarks on Tuesday. But he alluded to a recent CNN column by former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart urging Biden not to debate Trump.
“President Trump is looking forward to debating Joe Biden, who is the only one who is being publicly advised to skip debates,” Murtaugh said. “Voters in 16 states will already be casting their early votes before the first debate takes place on September 29th as the schedule stands now. We don’t think it’s too much to ask that Americans get a look at the two candidates side-by-side before voters start voting.”
Trump allies have seized on the Lockhart recommendation and other recent opinion pieces to raise questions about whether Biden would reverse course and sit out the debates. In June, Biden’s campaign committed in writing to the three presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
“The Trump campaign and their allies have constructed an entirely fictional storyline to distract from Donald Trump’s failure to protect American lives during a once-in-a-generation pandemic, and now they're evidently confused about which lie they’re supposed to be telling,” Biden spokesman T. J. Ducklo said.
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