On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she does not think 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden should participate in any of the scheduled debates against President Trump.
In a press conference, Pelosi was asked about the presidential debates, to which she said she does not think Biden should take Trump seriously.
“I don’t think there should be any debates,” Pelosi said. “I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States.”
After Pelosi’s comments, the Biden campaign released a statement saying: “We certainly agree with Speaker Pelosi on her views of the President’s behavior. But just as she has powerfully confronted that behavior in the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, Joe Biden looks forward to doing the same on the debate stage.”
Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director Steve Guest also reacted to Pelosi’s comments saying, “The Democrat establishment is trying to get Joe Biden out of debating President Trump. If Joe Biden can’t debate, he has no business running for President.”
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel then said: “First it was The New York Times. Now it’s the country’s highest-ranking Democrat. Democrats are terrified of letting Joe Biden out of the basement. If Biden cannot debate, he has no business being President!!”
Trump said Wednesday that he will call for drug tests before debating Biden before their first scheduled debate on Sept. 29.
The President thinks Biden’s performances improved over the course of the Democratic primary and hinted that he believes the reason behind Biden’s success was related to drugs, he said during an interview with The Washington Examiner.
“Nobody thought that he was even going to win,” Trump said. “Because his debate performances were so bad. Frankly, his best performance was against Bernie. We’re going to call for a drug test, by the way, because his best performance was against Bernie. It wasn’t that he was Winston Churchill, because he wasn’t, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test, because there’s no way — you can’t do that.”