Democrats Urge Joe Biden To Not Show Up For Debates

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Published on 9 Aug 2020, 18:00
Via America's Lawyer: Democrats aren't sure that Joe Biden can keep his lead in the polls if he has to debate Donald Trump on TV. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

Democrats aren't sure that Joe Biden can keep his lead in the polls if he has to debate Donald Trump on TV. So, Farron they're actually advising him, don't show up. Don't do any, any debates. The visual I have of this and I've actually seen kind of a cartoon rendition is Biden in a closet, sweating and he's tear, you know, he's terrified. And then out in the oval office is Xi Jinping from China, and he's got a crisis. In other words, the point is, if you're going to do this now in a debate, what are you going to do when the rubber meets the road and we got big problems? That's the way the right's going to play this.
Right. And, you know, about a year ago, news stories started coming out, just kind of here and there, sources inside the white house said that Trump was considering skipping the presidential debates. And this was at a time when it looked like it was going to be anybody but Biden as the democratic nominee. And he said, well, it's because the networks are unfair to me. Now, fast forward, obviously 12 months, Trump wants more debates now because he sees who his opponent is. And you have Joe Biden and the establishment centrists writing think pieces saying, no, Joe Biden shouldn't go because Trump's just going to lie. And Joe Biden's better than that. Trump doesn't deserve to be on the stage.
Is that really their argument?
That is what they're saying. I read it this morning. It was sick, because look.
That, wait. Trump's going to lie. Therefore we're not putting little Joey out in a debate stage.
That's, that's the argument.
Right. He's above that. He's above that kind of.
Okay. You see what the right's going to do with this right?
Oh, absolutely.
I mean, every ad we see is going to be somewhere where Joe Biden is held up like a little sissy, sissy girl, hiding in a closet while there's some threat to the United States. Because they're going to say if he won't even, if he won't even debate Trump now, what's going to happen in the real world? I can't believe somebody says, this is a good idea, but his advisors are telling him, yeah, this is a good idea. Don't show up.
Right. It's to the point where on Monday, Elizabeth Warren had to come out and she says, no, no, no, no, no. He's, he's gonna debate. We, I, we, you know, we in the Senate, we are not telling him to not debate. We want him to go forward with this because Elizabeth Warren is smart. And Elizabeth Warren understands, there is no good way for Joe Biden to back out of this and keep his dignity. The, you know, that, that cannot happen. If they wanted this to actually be a thing, they could have laid the groundwork long before we knew it was going to be Joe Biden, but they didn't, they could have done it in the early days of the pandemic, but they didn't. Now it looks like Joe Biden's doing great because he's invisible.
The numbers are closing. I don't know if you're watching it.
A couple of the polls have shown.
The numbers are closing in.
And we're still a pretty good ways out. And for him to say, no, I'm going to sit here and, you know, bite my nails. Look what I saw, Bill Kristol of all people, this is Bill Kristol, who you might remember at the end of the Hillary campaign, he was one of her advisors, right? So Bill Kristol comes out and says, this is the best thing that could happen because we're going to be able to spin this as, it won't be fair. As you say, Trump is a liar. The American public doesn't care anymore. This is just for media. This is just for ratings in the media. If you don't think that most Americans want to see what happens on the stage, because look, what's Trump been doing, Trump's been saying the guys senile. He's saying he's cuckoo.

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