Both President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reportedly made special requests before their first debate.
Trump’s campaign requested that both the president and Biden undergo ear inspections by a third party for electronic devices or other transmitters that may allow for communication, according to Fox News.
Following that report on Tuesday, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh released a statement, noting that “Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined.”
The Fox News report also said the Biden campaign made a request for two breaks every 30 minutes during the debate, which will last for 90 minutes and is commercial-free. The Trump campaign reportedly denied that request.
“Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need, so we have rejected that request,” Murtaugh said in his statement. “On top of the refusal to take a drug test, it seems pretty obvious that the Biden team is looking for any safety net they can find in the hours leading up to the debate. With his 47 years as a failed Washington politician, how much help does Biden want?”
Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, denied the Democratic candidate requested breaks every 30 minutes and stated he won’t comply with the request to be inspected for an earpiece. “Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece,” she told reporters.
“If we’re playing that game, then you know, the Trump team asked Chris Wallace not to mention the number of deaths from COVID once during the debate. You can consider that confirmed from the Biden campaign. See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction?” Bedingfield added.
Biden campaigns’s @kbeds, responding to Trump claims that Biden won’t agree to an ear inspection and wants breaks ever 30 minutes: “Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks."
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 29, 2020
The Washington Examiner also reached out to the Commission on Presidential Debates for comment.
In August, Trump told the Washington Examiner he was calling for both himself and Biden to undergo drug tests before the debate. “I look. I watched him in the debates with all of the different people. He was close to incompetent, if not incompetent, and against Bernie, he was normal … and I say, ‘How does that happen?'” he said.
Biden participated in 11 debates during the Democratic presidential primaries, most of which included a large field of candidates. Trump claimed to see a marked difference when Biden engaged in a one-on-one debate with Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders in mid-March than the previous contests.
Bedingfield said the candidate “intends to deliver his debate answers in words. If the president thinks his best case is made in urine he can have at it. We’d expect nothing less from Donald Trump, who pissed away the chance to protect the lives of 200K Americans when he didn’t make a plan to stop COVID-19.”
The first of three debates between Trump and Biden will be held at 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. It will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
Author: Anthony Leonardi