Appearing on a recent episode of CBS‘ “Face the Nation,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel made the claim that the Commission on Presidential Debates is “corrupt” for refusing to either reschedule or proceed as normal with the second presidential debate.
Accusing the commission of “protecting” Joe Biden from “facing the voters,” McDaniel explained that she thinks voters are frustrated that Biden is refusing to have an in-person debate, which is perfectly safe now that Trump has been cleared of his positive Wuhan coronavirus (covid-19) diagnosis.
“I think it feeds into the belief that this 47 years that Joe Biden has had … in D.C. is again protecting him from facing the voters,” McDaniel told show host Margaret Brennan, who continued to press McDaniel on Trump’s refusal to do a virtual debate.
“And Americans are frustrated that this election commission interfered with our ability to see these two candidates debate.”
Brennan responded back with the claim that there are Republicans on the commission who agree that “due to health concerns because of lack of disclosure” the second debate should either be cancelled or be made virtual, to which McDaniel immediately rebuffed:
“Well, they’re not non-partisan Republicans. Those Republicans have been very critical of this president. They did not follow the science. It was done unilaterally without talking to the candidates, and they interfered in the election. It is corrupt. It is what D.C. is. They are in the pocket of Joe Biden, and they prevented the American public from seeing these candidates debate. And it’s wrong for the country.”
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Brennan, who is obviously slanted towards Biden, continued to badger McDaniel about the debate’s cancellation being “a negative for the president.” She also contended that Trump’s message about him being the better candidate for the economy is not resonating, particularly in the state of Michigan, to which McDaniel insisted that Biden is actually the one most hurt by the debate’s cancellation.
“I think it plays into this D.C. politician who’s been there for 47 years, who isn’t getting tough questions from the media,” McDaniel stated.
“He’s refusing to answer about whether he’s going to pack the Supreme Court, upending 150 years of … our judicial standards. And he’s saying, ‘I’ll tell you after the election.’ This is egregious that this candidate is getting away with this.”
Brennan immediately retorted back with another question about the economy, to which McDaniel made the claim that Trump’s issuance of PPP loans “is what saved this economy.” She went on to suggest that the Payment Protection Program issued more loans in 14 days than had been done in 14 months, and that this “saved businesses.”
“This president had our economy in the best shape before this pandemic,” McDaniel added about Trump’s performance prior to the Wuhan coronavirus (covid-19). “He’s already leading us out of it. The American people recognize that.”
Reports indicate that the Trump campaign requested that the second debate, which was supposed to take place in Miami, simply be rescheduled from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, and the third debate, currently scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, be bumped to Oct. 29, just a few days before the Nov. 3 election.
The Biden campaign, however, has patently rejected any such proposition, insisting in a statement that “Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the debate commission does.”
“Vice President Biden looks forward to making his case to the American people about how to overcome this pandemic, restore American leadership and our alliances in the world, and bring the American people together,” indicated Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates.
“It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions – but it’s no surprise,” he added.
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