Trump says he'll debate eventual Democratic nominee

Trump says he'll debate eventual Democratic nominee
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters 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.


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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE. Polls after each general election debate found voters saying Clinton performed better.