‘I mean, why bother?’: Pelosi says Biden should skip upcoming debates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has once again argued that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Donald Trump this election season.

When asked in a Friday interview with CBS if she still believes Biden should skip three upcoming debates against Trump, Pelosi replied, “Oh, I do,” according to Fox News.

“Not that I don’t think [Biden] will be excellent,” Pelosi said, as Fox reported. “I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth and, actually in his comments the last few days, no fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.”

The House speaker continued: “He and his henchmen are a danger, with their comments, are a danger to our democracy. So I don’t want to give him — I mean, why bother? He doesn’t tell the truth.”

She’s doubling down

This is the second time Pelosi has argued Biden should pass up on the chance to debate Trump. In August, Pelosi said she didn’t “think that there should be any debates,” as NBC News reported.

“Don’t tell anybody who told you this — especially don’t tell Joe Biden,” the House speaker remarked. “I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data, and facts.”

Pelosi said she wouldn’t even “legitimize a conversation with [Trump], nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States.” Biden and his campaign team, however, have given no indication that the former VP will not debate the president.

“As long as the commission continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I’m going to debate him,” Biden said in August, according to a report from Yahoo. “I’m going to be a fact-check on the floor while I’m debating him.”

This week, Biden also said that he was preparing “heavily” for the first debate, as Fox News reported.

It’s a go

The first of the three highly anticipated debates is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace will be the moderator.

Biden’s frequent gaffes and apparent cognitive decline have created much speculation as to how the debate will play out.

During a campaign speech earlier this month, Biden said “it’s estimated that 200 million people have died” from the coronavirus pandemic, “probably by the time I finish this talk,” as Fox News reported. The number of U.S. casualties from the virus is actually around 190,000, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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