Nancy Pelosi now says she wants NO debates between Joe Biden and President Trump.
I think we all know why…don’t you?
Fox News Reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that former Vice President Joe Biden cancel his three scheduled debates with President Trump because the commander-in-chief would "belittle" the forum and engage in "skullduggery."
"I don't think that there should be any debates," Pelosi said out of the blue at a news conference at the Capitol, saying she doesn't want the debates to be "an exercise in skullduggery."
Politico has more on the story: Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday there shouldn’t be any presidential debates this year between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, adding that the president would debase the debate stage with poor behavior.“I don’t think there should be any debates,” Pelosi told reporters.
“I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should that has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.”“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.
Biden and Trump are set to face off during three debates before Election Day, with the first scheduled for Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Pelosi acknowledged that Biden, who has expressed excitement for facing the president, didn’t share her view on the debate. But she still told reporters about her distaste for Trump’s past debate performances.
Pelosi called Trump’s 2016 debates with Hillary Clinton “disgraceful,” emphasizing how he loomed behind her on the stage as she spoke. Clinton later admitted that Trump’s lurking made her “skin crawl.”
“He’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” Pelosi said. “He does that every day.”
Speaking with MSNBC’s Andrew Mitchell, Biden said Thursday afternoon that he planned to face Trump so long as the debates remained on the docket. Still, he conceded that the president would probably use the debate stage to spread misinformation, similar to the instances of revisionism displayed at the Republican National Convention this week.
“I will be a fact-checker on the floor while I am debating him,” Biden said. “I think everybody knows this man has a somewhat pathological tendency not to tell the truth.”
CNN also reports:
Pelosi was offering solely her personal opinion. She acknowledged that "the Biden campaign thinks in a different way about this." And Biden himself quickly made clear that his plan was to participate in the three general election debates sanctioned by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. "As long as the commission continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I'm going to debate him," Biden told NBC's Andrea Mitchell.
Despite Biden's quick denial of Pelosi's no-debates proposal, there's no question that the speaker just handed Trump's campaign more news to make its case that the former vice president is hiding from the public -- and the President.