Joe Biden and Donald Trump Agree to 2 Presidential Debates in June and September

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The current and former president will go head-to-head on June 27 and Sept. 10

<p>Kevin Dietsch/Getty, Angela Weiss-Pool/Getty</p> Joe Biden, Donald Trump

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Joe Biden, Donald Trump

Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be returning to the debate stage.

The current and former U.S. presidents will take each other on in two different debates — scheduled for June and September — which will be hosted by CNN and ABC, respectively.

The debates will mark the pair's first time sparring during the current election cycle, with the first set for June 27 in CNN's Atlanta studios, moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. The ABC debate will take place on Sept. 10, moderated by David Muir and Linsey Davis, per Deadline.

Both Trump and Biden shared the news to their followers on social media on Wednesday, May 15.

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<p>MORRY GASH/POOL/AFP via Getty</p> Donald Trump and Joe Biden debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020


Donald Trump and Joe Biden debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020

"I’ve received and accepted an invitation from @CNN for a debate on June 27th," Biden, 81, wrote to X (formerly Twitter). "Over to you, Donald. As you said: anywhere, any time, any place."

The current president then shared another post about the ABC debate, nodding at his incumbency. "Trump says he’ll arrange his own transportation. I’ll bring my plane, too. I plan on keeping it for another four years," Biden quipped.

"Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020. Since then, he hasn’t shown up for a debate," he added in a third post. "Now he’s acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day, pal."

Trump, 77, revealed on his Truth Social platform, per The Hill, that he was “ready and willing” to take on Biden on the two debate stages. He also called Biden — who he previously verbally sparred with in 2020 —  “the WORST debater I have ever faced."

“I am ready and willing to debate [Joe Biden] at the two proposed times in June and September,” Trump shared.

“I would strongly recommend more than two debates and, for excitement purposes, a very large venue, although Biden is supposedly afraid of crowds – that’s only because he doesn’t get them. Just tell me when, I’ll be there. ‘Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!' "

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Joe Biden, Donald Trump

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Per NPR, the debates come as the Biden campaign announced that the current president would not participate in terms laid out by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has facilitated presidential debates since 1988. As NPR noted, Biden campaign chair Jen O'Malley Dillon claimed the commission was "out of step with changes in the structure of our elections and the interests of voters."

"As was the case with the original televised debates in 1960, a television studio with just the candidates and moderators is a better, more cost-efficient way to proceed," O'Malley Dillon reportedly said, adding that the commission's proposed schedule of three debates in September and October was too late.

The Republican National Committee also shared in April 2022 that it was quitting the Commission on Presidential Debates over timing concerns and accusations of bias, per the outlet.

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Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. shared his thoughts on the debate news via X, accusing both campaigns of "keeping viable candidates off the debate stage" and "excluding" him from the debates. He later added that he would "meet the criteria" to participate in the CNN debate, although the Biden campaign pushed back on the prospect of including independent candidates, per NPR.

Biden and Trump last debated on Oct. 22, 2020 at Belmont University.

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