Pelosi says there shouldn’t be any presidential debates this year

Pelosi says there shouldn’t be any presidential debates this year

“He’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” Pelosi said of Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters Thursday at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters Thursday at a news conference on Capitol Hill. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

By MATTHEW CHOI

08/27/2020 12:40 PM EDT

Updated: 08/27/2020 01:29 PM EDT

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that there shouldn’t be any presidential debates this year between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, adding that the president would debase the debate stage with poor behavior.

“I don’t think there should be any debates. I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should that has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

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“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.

Biden and Trump are set to face off during three debates before Election Day, with the first scheduled to take place on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Pelosi acknowledged that Biden, who has expressed excitement for facing the president, didn’t share her view on the debate. But she still told reporters about her personal distaste for Trump’s past debate performances.

Pelosi called Trump’s 2016 debates with then-candidate Hillary Clinton “disgraceful,” emphasizing how he loomed behind her on the stage as she spoke. Clinton later admitted that Trump’s lurking made her “skin crawl.”

“He’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” Pelosi said. “He does that every day.”

Biden said Thursday afternoon that he plans to face Trump so long as the debates remain on the docket. Still, he conceded Trump will likely use the debate stage to spread misinformation, similar to the instances of revisionism displayed at the Republican National Convention.

“I will be a fact checker on the floor while I am debating him,” Biden said. “I think everybody knows this man has a somewhat pathological tendency not to tell the truth.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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