One of Joe Biden’s top campaign officials lost some time late Tuesday to confirm that the former vice president has pledged to participate in the last two debates ahead of the November election.
Kate Bedingfield, the campaign’s deputy manager, dismissed claims that she would miss the last two demonstrations. Her remarks came after Senator Chris Koons of Dell. He told Politico that he was not sure Biden should make the commitment. Coins, a supporter of Biden, said he would leave the decision to the campaign, but questioned the effectiveness of the debate on candidates facing Trump.
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“The point of the debate is for the American people to make a decision, informed by a hearing of the two candidates, what is your record, what are your values?” Joe Biden came ready to respect the American people. “Donald Trump does not,” he said.
The next debates are scheduled for October 15 and October 22.
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Some Biden supporters have questioned the wisdom of these debates in the past. Joe Lockhart, a former White House spokesman, wrote a paper in August urging Biden to skip the debate altogether.
He writes on CNN, “It’s a stupid task to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or the truth. Biden will no doubt receive warmth from Republicans and the media to miss the debate. But it is worth the risk, because trying to discuss someone unable to tell the truth is impossible to win a race. “
Jason Miller, a senior adviser on Trump’s re-election campaign, took to Twitter to suggest that Biden’s campaign was only engaged in the upcoming debate because of Tuesday’s outcome.
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“The fact that they are even turning to this is further proof that Biden has lost heavily tonight,” he said.
Fox News’ s Brooke Singman contributed to this report