WASHINGTON (AP) — Three debates for next year Presidential general elections It is scheduled to be held in college towns in Texas, Virginia and Utah from September to September. on October 16-9, with the only vice presidential debate being held in Pennsylvania — although it is not yet clear whether the Republican nominee will participate.
The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the presidential candidates are scheduled to meet first in September. 16 at Texas State University at San Marcos, South Austin. A vice presidential debate is scheduled for nine days later at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
presidential Discussions They are scheduled to be held at Virginia State University in Petersburg on October 1, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 9, completing the schedule before Election Day on November 5.
“The general election debates in the United States, which are watched live around the world, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see the major candidates address serious issues in A fair and neutral environment.” In the current situation. “This tradition has been unbroken since 1976. In 2024, students at our four debate sites will help bring another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad. Their campuses will provide four unique opportunities to listen and learn.”
The nonprofit CPD was founded in 1987 and has sponsored every presidential and vice presidential debate since then. It does not receive federal funding or financial support from any political party or campaign.
The announcement comes despite the Republican National Committee Changing the rules of thinking That would force presidential candidates seeking the party’s nomination to sign a pledge stating that they will not participate in any debates sponsored by the country program.
Such a boycott would shake the foundations of the way presidential elections have been conducted in the country for decades — despite the former president Donald Trump He refused to participate in it Initial discussions As he seeks his party’s nomination in 2024, it is perhaps easier to imagine such shifts.
The Republican National Committee’s threat not to participate comes after years of tension between the Republican National Committee and the commission, which Trump exacerbated. As chair, he repeatedly accused the committee of unfair treatment, and ultimately declined to participate in the second debate of 2020 after objecting to it being conducted virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to the committee last year, RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel He expressed frustration with his response to several party complaints, including concerns about his choice of moderators, a desire to have a debate before early voting begins and a push for changes to the committee’s board.
The Commission responded to that letter, saying in a statement that it deals directly with candidates qualified to participate in its deliberations, and not with the national leadership of each party.
“The 2024 country program plans will be based on fairness, impartiality, and a firm commitment to helping the American public learn about the candidates and the issues,” he said at the time.
The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
The National Democratic Party did not clash with the committee. However, he is running for re-election as president Joe Biden The Trump campaign has not yet commented on whether he will debate Trump.