On Monday, former President Donald Trump sat down with conservative commentator Dan Bongino for an interview that covered a wide range of topics, including Trump’s desire for an immediate debate with President Joe Biden. Trump, who is leading the Republican Party’s presidential nomination race, wasted no time in calling for a debate with Biden, saying, “I’d like to debate him now because we should debate for the good of the country.”
This call for immediate debates reflects the view of both sides, that Trump and Biden are the inevitable nominees for their respective parties. Despite the ongoing primary season, both candidates seem certain of their positions and are ready to focus on the general election. Trump’s desire for a debate also serves as a reminder that he has skipped every Republican primary debate and continues to ignore calls from his top remaining challenger, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.
Biden, on the other hand, seems unfazed by Trump’s debate challenge, dismissing it with a casual response when asked about it by reporters. This is not the first time that the former vice president has declined to debate his long-shot challengers, and it is unlikely that he will entertain Trump’s request.
During the interview, Trump also took the opportunity to criticize Biden for declining an invitation to be interviewed by the television network broadcasting the Super Bowl, for the second year in a row. While other presidents have traditionally participated in this interview, Biden has skipped it the last two years, and Trump sees this as a failure on Biden’s part. “He can’t do it, because he can’t talk,” Trump said, once again questioning Biden’s ability to communicate effectively.
The Biden campaign has not officially responded to Trump’s request for a debate or his comments about the Super Bowl interview. This silence is not surprising, as Biden has been keeping a low profile and avoiding interviews and debates.
“Well, if I were him, I’d want to debate me too,” Biden told reporters at a boba shop in Las Vegas when asked about Trump’s challenge. “He’s got nothing else to do,” Biden added.
REPORTER: “Donald Trump says he’s ready to debate you right now. Do you accept?”
JOE BIDEN: “If I were him, I’d want him to debate me, too. He’s got nothing else to do.”
Who do you think would win in a debate? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/f3IntUZ8un
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) February 5, 2024
However, Trump and his supporters view this as a weakness and are using it as a way to attack Biden’s leadership capabilities. They believe that a leader should be able to defend their ideas and policies in a debate and that a president should not shy away from interviews and tough questions.
President Trump challenges Biden to a debate:
“I’d like to debate him now because we should debate. We should debate for the good of the country.” pic.twitter.com/MPETcrxVUJ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 6, 2024
It is clear that Trump is eager to debate Biden and prove his superiority, and his call for immediate debates is a reflection of this. However, with the country facing numerous challenges, it is uncertain if a debate between the two candidates will actually take place. But for now, it seems that both Trump and Biden are content with their positions and are focused on confidently moving forward to the general election in November.