The three Presidential debates this fall may be the last time the candidates exert direct control over the state of the race.
They could be a make or break moment for President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden.
And now Joe Biden is laying the groundwork for one big surprise at the debates.
Joe Biden is currently leading Donald Trump in the national and battleground state polls.
Biden’s campaign has adopted a “run out the clock” strategy by keeping Biden squirreled away in his Delaware basement.
Now Biden’s allies are preparing the groundwork for Biden to deny President Trump any chance to get back into the race by skipping the debates entirely.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman began the push by declaring Biden should skip the debates because they provided Donald Trump an “unfair advantage.”
“I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump. He should do it only under two conditions. Otherwise, he’s giving Trump unfair advantages,” Friedman wrote.
The first conditions Freidman laid out was Donald Trump releasing his tax returns.
“First, Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018. Biden has already done so, and they are on his website. Trump must, too. No more gifting Trump something he can attack while hiding his own questionable finances,” Friedman added.
Next, Friedman demanded that the network “fact check” the President in real time.
The media loves to “fact check” Trump by adding “context” to his remarks, which always means providing Democrat Party spin and talking points to the President’s comments.
“And second, Biden should insist that a real-time fact-checking team approved by both candidates be hired by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates — and that 10 minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered. That way no one in that massive television audience can go away easily misled,” Freidman added.
Obviously Donald Trump will never agree to making the debates one-sided affairs with the deck stacked against him.
The point is prepare the American people for Biden skipping the debates so as not to risk his lead in the polls.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.