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    Joe Biden’s campaign on Monday committed to three scheduled debates with President Trump in September and October and criticized the president for taking varied positions on whether and how many debates he would participate in.

    The campaign’s letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, obtained by The Washington Post and written by Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, stated that Biden will participate in the debates already planned by the commission, which are scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22. Biden’s yet-to-be-named running mate would participate in an Oct. 7 vice presidential debate.

    ‘‘Joe Biden looks forward to facing Donald Trump in a multi-debate series that the American people have come to expect from their leaders; we hope that President Trump would not break that tradition or make excuses for a refusal to participate,’’ O’Malley Dillon wrote in the campaign’s first formal communication with the commission that oversees presidential debates.

    Yet, virus concerns threaten at least one of the debates. Late Monday night, the Detroit Free Press reported that the University of Michigan, which had been slated to hold the second debate on Oct. 15, would announce Tuesday that it is withdrawing from hosting it.

    Biden’s letter came several days after top Trump aides, including former New York mayor and current presidential adviser Rudy Giuliani, began pushing for four presidential debates, and also called on them to be held earlier than usual so that Americans voting early can make their decisions. That push followed Trump’s suggestion earlier this year that he might not participate in debates at all, a position that seems to have changed with Trump’s slumping standing against Biden in recent polls.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-campaign-confirms-he-will-attend-three-debates-with-trump-criticizes-the-president-for-flipping-on-his-debate-stance/2020/06/22/b48be3a0-b49a-11ea-a510-55bf26485c93_story.html

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    Forget the "debates"; by that time the whole country will be in the hospital, the way things are going. What is there to debate anyway, except subjects about "corruption" If the debates are about "policies" then no one knows where they will be talking about. Sorry I guarantee it will be disasters. I see Trump already leaning over Biden as he did with Hillary.

    Such debates are only possible if you would have two "grown ups", but if one is an 10 year old forget it.

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    I believe the debates will go ahead because Trump will be trailing in the polls and will see the debates as an opportunity to bully Biden into submission with lies and more lies...playing again to his base and the undecideds. He will want to make Biden appear weak.

    Also, I expect Trump to play the victim again and seek every possible advantage for the debate set-up and moderators to favor him. No more "unfair" questions.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I believe the debates will go ahead because Trump will be trailing in the polls and will see the debates as an opportunity to bully Biden into submission with lies and more lies...playing again to his base and the undecideds. He will want to make Biden appear weak.

    Also, I expect Trump to play the victim again and seek every possible advantage for the debate set-up and moderators to favor him. No more "unfair" questions.

    Schmidt:

    Although it would be interesting to have Megyn Kelly ask questions of Trump, that is not likely to happen.

    Chris Wallace would be a good choice for a moderator, but so would Anderson Cooper.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    I believe the debates will go ahead because Trump will be trailing in the polls and will see the debates as an opportunity to bully Biden into submission with lies and more lies...playing again to his base and the undecideds. He will want to make Biden appear weak.

    Also, I expect Trump to play the victim again and seek every possible advantage for the debate set-up and moderators to favor him. No more "unfair" questions.

    Schmidt:

    Although it would be interesting to have Megyn Kelly ask questions of Trump, that is not likely to happen.

    Chris Wallace would be a good choice for a moderator, but so would Anderson Cooper.

    I would suggest Putin as moderator or Hillary, then it would be much more fun to watch. How about Bloomberg?
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    Dutch Wrote:
    that guy in AZ Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    I believe the debates will go ahead because Trump will be trailing in the polls and will see the debates as an opportunity to bully Biden into submission with lies and more lies...playing again to his base and the undecideds. He will want to make Biden appear weak.

    Also, I expect Trump to play the victim again and seek every possible advantage for the debate set-up and moderators to favor him. No more "unfair" questions.

    Schmidt:

    Although it would be interesting to have Megyn Kelly ask questions of Trump, that is not likely to happen.

    Chris Wallace would be a good choice for a moderator, but so would Anderson Cooper.

    I would suggest Putin as moderator or Hillary, then it would be much more fun to watch. How about Bloomberg?

    My prayers have been answered.

    We are now down to TWO Presidential debates, and Chris Wallace will be the moderator for the first one.

    Sep 29

    1st Presidential DebateFox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

    Oct 07

    Vice Presidential DebateUSA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will moderate the only debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.

    Oct 15

    2nd Presidential DebateC-SPAN host and political editor Steve Scully will moderate the second debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

    The October 22 debate is still scheduled, but no details yet.

    The first presidential debate, when the incumbent President Trump will face off against Joe Biden for the first time, was to be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In late July, the institution withdrew from hosting due to concerns about the pandemic.

    The first debate will now be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

    Susan Case, a black femail professor, is a member of the faculty.

    https://weatherhead.case.edu/faculty/Susan-Case

    Similarly, the second presidential debate was expected to take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Thursday, October 15, but in June, they too withdrew from hosting the event due to health concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    “It is with great disappointment that I must ask for the University of Michigan to be released from its agreement with the Commission on Presidential Debates to host the Presidential Debate on Oct. 15, 2020,” Michigan’s president, Mark Schlissel, said in a statement.

    “In consideration of the public health guidelines in our state as well as advice from our own experts — we feel it is not feasible for us to safely host the presidential debate as planned.’’

    The replacement location for the second debate is Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The final debate is still set for Thursday, October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville.

    Despite the changes in location, all three debates are expected to begin at 9 p.m. ET, and will run for 90 minutes without any commercial breaks.

    Steve Scully is known in the media for his "evenhandedness" He was the 2009 recipient of the Fitzwater Center for Communications Award, for exemplary journalism and public service,[15] and in the same year was recognized by The Washingtonian as one of the capital's "50 Top Journalists".[16] John Oliver has repeatedly referred to Scully as "The Most Patient Man on Television". Scully was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019.

    My feeling is that Trump and Pence will both look pretty stupid in the first and second debates, but the last debate will give Trump a chance to redeem himself a little. By that time, of course, the COVID-19 death total still exceed 250,000 - and he just lost the military vote last week.

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    The debates are what I look forward to the most. A platform to make extended comments and explain their positions. Bad or weak moderators can't be tolerated or accepted. People will hear what they want to hear. Gains or losses can result. Most know today what will likely transpire. Trump can't stalk like he did in 2016 where he was a loud buffoon. Hopefully the media are stern and equal in their critiques. I look forward to the curtain being pulled like in the Wizard of Oz.
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    USA Today: Exclusive: More Americans predict Trump will win the presidential debates than Biden, USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows

    A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll indicates that 47% of those polled predict Trump will win the debates compared to 41% who said Joe Biden will. This may be the perception that aggressiveness is valued more by the American public than being a more passive "nice guy".

    However, Trump has so overplayed that hand. If Biden can skillfully call him out on his lies without getting emotional, maybe throwing in a bit of humor at Trump's expense, it can work to Biden's advantage. People laughing "at Trump" enrages him and puts him off his game. Make it into a happy smiling confident Biden versus an angry insecure Trump.

    Biden needs to also hit him again and again on his "suckers and losers" claims on the military. Again, casting Trump as a "loser" will enrage him...and also being cast as a sucker for Putin or Kim Jung Un. Kim Jung Un played him for a sucker...Putin keeps playing him for a sucker...other world leaders play him for a sucker. Loser, loser, loser -- sucker, sucker, sucker....repeat it again and again.

    If Biden can do that skillfully with a sly smile on his face and a nod to the television audience without looking petty, he will win the day.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    USA Today: Exclusive: More Americans predict Trump will win the presidential debates than Biden, USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows

    A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll indicates that 47% of those polled predict Trump will win the debates compared to 41% who said Joe Biden will. This may be the perception that aggressiveness is valued more by the American public than being a more passive "nice guy".

    Biden needs to also hit him again and again on his "suckers and losers" claims on the military. Again, casting Trump as a "loser" will enrage him...and also being cast as a sucker for Putin or Kim Jung Un. Kim Jung Un played him for a sucker...Putin keeps playing him for a sucker...other world leaders play him for a sucker. Loser, loser, loser -- sucker, sucker, sucker....repeat it again and again.

    If Biden can do that skillfully with a sly smile on his face and a nod to the television audience without looking petty, he will win the day.

    Mr. Biden, Don't for one second be a passive "Nice guy".

    If you do, you're preaching to the choir or Democrats. Don't sell to those who are already sold. Be aggressive because due to their (5 cent psychology) buzz words you're not seen as strong. Watch a dozen Trump commercials and dispel their lies and misinformation. Keep saying unquestionable statements supporting the military. Keep bashing violence and looting while supporting peaceful protest. A dictator would want to limit free speech and all Americans should oppose the idea.

    Focus on the lack of control on and the unacceptable mismanagement of this pandemic. Far too many funerals because an incompetent leader was fumbling when he should have been organized and proactive.

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    When Joe Biden debates President Trump on Tuesday, he will have to figure out how to parry with an opponent who habitually lies and doesn’t play by the rules.

    As a psychiatrist, I’d like to offer Mr. Biden some advice: Don’t waste your time fact-checking the president. If you attempt to counter every falsehood or distortion that Mr. Trump serves up, you will cede control of the debate. And, by trying to correct him, you will paradoxically strengthen the misinformation rather than undermine it. (Research shows that trying to correct a falsehood with truth can backfire by reinforcing the original lie. )

    Instead, Mr. Biden should use more powerful weapons that will put Mr. Trump on the defensive — and also tell the audience that the president is a dishonest narrator.

    The first weapon maybe the most effective: humor and ridicule. A derisive joke can defuse tense and outrageous situations. In 2007, for example, protesters dressed as clowns confronted a “white power” march in Charlotte, N.C., holding signs that read “wife power” and throwing white flour in the air. It made the white nationalists look ridiculous and avoided a violent confrontation, which would have served the interests of the racists.

    (Joe shouldn't be afraid to use "that's a bunch of malarkey" line again)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/opinion/debate-trump-biden-lie.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

    Now, imagine a different kind of high-stakes situation — the presidential debate. Mr. Trump, faced with a pandemic and an economic downturn, tells Americans what a great job he’s done. In response, Mr. Biden should smile and say with a bit of laugh: “And just where have you been living? South Korea? Or Fiji? You cannot be in the United States — except maybe on the golf course.

    The retort mocks the president as weak and unaccomplished, which will rattle him. He is apparently so fearful of being the target of a joke that — unlike any president before him — he has skipped the last three roasts at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

    Mr. Biden will have another advantage during the debate: President Trump will not have a live audience to excite him and satisfy his insatiable need for approval and attention, which means he will be even more vulnerable to a takedown.

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    The email survey that I got from Trump this morning indicates that he is clearly still playing to his base:

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwJXxwZHCRCcKzcGVPZpmfTjTTk

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    Strangely enough, Biden's history of stuttering will actually be an advantage in the debates.

    In the first of three presidential debates next week, he will face off against the world’s most powerful bully, a gutter-dwelling man allergic to decency. If the past is any indication, President Trump will belittle his opponent for what Biden calls “the only handicap that people still laugh about.”

    Please do. For here’s the thing, folks, as Biden would say: The Democratic presidential nominee is at his best when making a virtue of the rough edges of his humanity. Embracing a lifelong struggle to overcome a stutter, and the stumbles that have happened along the way, Uncle Joe is a hard man to dislike.

    In that same vein, Biden has finally gone where Hillary Clinton would not, but should have: straight at Trump’s whiny rich-kid privilege. “I spent a lot of my life with guys like Donald Trump looking down on me,” Biden said last week. “These are the guys who always thought they were better than me, better than us, because they had a lot of money.”

    But it goes to the core dynamic of the race: Trump is a horrible human being. He has ridiculed the disabled, fat-shamed women, dismissed those who are sick and insulted war heroes; he speaks unkindly of the dead. He’s better than other people, he says, because he has more money and a bigger house.

    And he shows just how small of a man he is whenever he attacks Biden’s stutter, as he did recently, saying his opponent is angry because “that’s what happens when you can’t get the words out.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/opinion/joe-biden-stutter.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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    Arizona; yes you are right on the last "threads", but I guess you are not the one coaching him. Also the question remains if the items you mention are being "discussed" or "trained" at all. Don't forget that you are an "realist", but in the present government these types are hard to find. If Biden stumbles or gets "intimidated" by an"big" interrupting mouth of Trump, I wonder if he then becomes very "timid", or act in an "forceful" way, which he likely can't manage, because he's not used to do such. But anyway let the "circus" take place.
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    1. If I were the Biden campaign, I would never have agreed to any debate involving FUX NOISE or any of it's ASSociates.

    2. Trump will shred Biden with personal attacks.

    Now, if I were a newsworthy agency, I would have set up the debates in a UFC ring. Trump in one corner, and Biden in the other. The bell would ring, both would exit their corners, Trump would come out yelling and screaming personal attacks, Joe would then give Don a left hook breaking his jaw, and when Don went to the mat out like a light, Joe would stomp on the fingers of both of Dons hands breaking all of them. Joe would now be successful in shutting Don up who we've listened to for 3.9 years. yay! No more mouthing off, no more tweets! Hurrah!