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Trump says he'll debate eventual Democratic nominee

Trump says he'll debate eventual Democratic nominee
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President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE on Wednesday said he would debate the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, putting to rest, at least temporarily, questions about whether he would take part in general election debates.

"Yeah, sure. I look forward to it, actually," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he would debate whoever won the Democratic nomination.

The president said it appeared Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) was emerging as the front-runner in the Democratic primary, following up a strong finish in Iowa by narrowly winning the New Hampshire primary.

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Trump in December chastised the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonpartisan group that organizes the debates every four years. He claimed without evidence that the commission is "stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers."

The critical tweet raised questions about whether Trump would participate in the debates or whether he would skirt the formal commission in search of an alternative.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has already announced the dates and locations for three general election debates in 2020, plus one vice presidential debate. The first presidential debate is slated for Sept. 29.

While Trump skipped a GOP primary debate in the 2016 race, he participated in all three debates in the general election against Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE. Polls after each general election debate found voters saying Clinton performed better.