Biden, Trump agree to two debates

CNN and ABC will host the only debates on the schedule for the 2024 presidential election.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to two debates ahead of the November election. 

They are slated to appear on CNN in June and on ABC in September. 


The big picture: The first debate will take place on June 27 in Atlanta and will be broadcast on CNN. 

  • The next will be on ABC on Sep. 10. 
  • This will be the first debate for Trump in the 2024 election cycle after he skipped all of the Republican primary ones. 

Driving the news: The agreement came after the Biden campaign proposed a new debate schedule ahead of the November election, challenging Trump to two debates hosted in a television studio.

  • The debates will not have an audience present, and moderators and additional details will be announced later.
  • The coordination of the debates developed after private discussions between the Biden and Trump campaigns, focused on meetings that would not involve the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
  • Biden’s campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, wrote a letter to the CPD stating that Biden would not participate in their debates and would only do those hosted by news outlets.
  • Proposed rules for the debates include firm time limits for answers, alternate turns to speak, and active microphones only when it’s the candidate’s turn to speak.
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