Fox's Chris Wallace says Biden campaign turned down interview request: 'We'll keep asking'

Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMnuchin: Democrats will 'have a lot of explaining to do' if they want to challenge Trump orders in court Pelosi: Trump executive actions 'are illusions' Trump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions MORE informed viewers on Sunday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE's campaign said the former vice president was "not available" for an interview after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE said Biden couldn't handle tough questioning from the "Fox News Sunday" host.

"In our interview last week with President Trump, he questioned whether his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, could handle a similar encounter,” Wallace said. “This week, we asked the Biden campaign for an interview and they said the former vice president was not available.”

“We’ll keep asking every week," he added.


After his interview with Trump, Wallace said Biden should sit down for extended questioning.

“The fact is, the president is out there. He's out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, took all the questions," Wallace told anchor Bret Baier last Monday. "You can like his answers or dislike them, but he had answers, and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure."

“You’ve got to feel at some point he’s going to come out from the basement," Wallace continued. "He’s going to have to be more exposed and take questions just as tough as the ones I asked this president."


Trump told Wallace in his July 19 interview that Biden would be "crying for mommy" if he were subjected to the same kinds of questions.

"Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say 'Mommy, mommy, please take me home,' " Trump said.

"Well we’ve asked him for an interview, sir," Wallace replied.

"He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent," Trump added.

Biden has held one press conference in the past 105 days. The former vice president also did not take questions from reporters after two major policy speeches in the past two weeks.

Biden leads in the RealClearPolitics index of polls in several key states Trump captured in 2016, including by 7.8 points in Florida, 7.4 points in Pennsylvania, 8.4 points in Michigan and 6.4 points in Wisconsin.