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Pelosi Advises Biden Against Debating Trump, Proposes Town Halls Instead

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, shared her thoughts on the upcoming debates between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. She expressed concern about Biden facing Trump on stage, stating that she personally would not recommend it. Instead, Pelosi suggested that both candidates should participate in separate town hall meetings, where they could be challenged with questions about the future.

She also endorsed the suggested format for the two scheduled debates, which are set to take place on June 27 on CNN and on Sept. 10 on ABC. However, Trump has also agreed to a debate on Fox News on Oct. 2, but the Biden campaign has declined this invitation. The Biden campaign chairwoman, Jen O’Malley Dillon, criticized Trump for his handling of debates, accusing him of playing games and not consistently following the rules.

Pelosi justified her reservations about Biden debating Trump by referencing Trump’s behavior during the 2016 debates with Hillary Clinton, stating that he did not retain the dignity of the office. Despite these concerns, Biden and Trump have agreed to two debates separate from the Commission on Presidential Debates. While some were surprised by Biden’s willingness to engage in these debates, it comes as national and swing-state polls show Trump in the lead.

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