Donald Trump’s Campaign Seeks Earlier Date For First Debate, Gives Suggestions For Potential Moderators

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is requesting that the first presidential debate between the president and Joe Biden be held in early September, while it has provided organizers with a list of recommended moderators.

The list, below, is heavy in Fox News personalities, yet does not include Chris Wallace. He moderated a debate in the 2016 cycle, but recently interviewed Trump for Fox News Sunday in a widely praised hour long exchange.

Trump’s campaign argues that the first debate, now scheduled for Sept. 29, will take place after voting has begun in 16 states. Two other presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. The Trump campaign also continued its call for debate planners to a fourth debate to the schedule in early September, but said that if that does not happen, the Oct. 22 event should be moved to that date.

“Simply put, the Commission’s current approach is an outdated dinosaur and not reflective of voting realities in 2020,” Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, wrote to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

“For a nation already deprived of a traditional campaign schedule because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it makes no sense to also deprive so many Americans of the opportunity to see and hear the two competing visions for our country’s future before millions of votes have been cast,” Giuliani wrote. Axios first reported the news on the letter.

Biden’s campaign has already agreed to the debate as scheduled.

The list of the Trump campaign’s recommended moderators is below:

Bret Baier
Gerry Baker
Maria Bartiromo
Shannon Bream
David Brody
Rachel Campos-Duffy
Kevin Cirilli
Larry Elder
Saagar Enjeti
Harris Faulkner
Major Garrett
Michael Goodwin
Ambrosio Hernandez
Joe Kernen
Hoda Kotb
Susan Li
Bill Hemmer
Hugh Hewitt
Tom Llamas
Dagen McDowell
David Muir
Norah O’Donnell
Charles Payne
Rick Santelli

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