House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed to lend credence this week to rumors that Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden would back out of upcoming debates against President Donald Trump when she doubled down on her opinion that it would be a waste of time for Biden. Now, it seems the former vice president himself is starting to consider the House speaker’s suggestion.
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden agreed in a recent interview with MSNBC that Pelosi “has a point” when she says she doesn’t “think that there should be any debates.” He stopped short, however, of saying he’d withdraw from the looming face-off.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle raised the question of the debates while speaking with Biden in an interview that aired Saturday. “Speaker Pelosi has said that you shouldn’t debate the president because he has no fidelity to fact or truth,” she said. “Does she have a point?”
“Well, she does,” the former vice president conceded, according to the Washington Examiner.
“The people know”
Biden’s comments came just days before the first presidential debate, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Speaking with MSNBC, Biden preemptively attacked the incumbent president, saying he’s a “liar” who will likely make the debate “personal” because “he doesn’t know that many facts,” as the Examiner reported.
“Look, the people know the president’s a liar. I mean, they know that. It’s not like it’s [going to] come as a surprise,” Biden said. “And so, I’m prepared to go out and make my case as to why I think he’s failed and why I think the answers I have to proceed will help the American people and the American economy and make us safer internationally.
“It is going to be difficult,” Biden added. “I know — I mean, my guess is, it’s going to be just straight attack. They’re going to be mostly personal. That’s the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn’t know how to debate the facts because he’s not that smart.
“He doesn’t know much about foreign policy or domestic policy. He doesn’t know much about the detail,” the former VP said, according to the Examiner. NBC News later shared a clip of the interview on its YouTube channel.
Time to debate
According to a separate post from the Examiner, Tuesday’s debate is slated to be held at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate will be hosted by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
It is scheduled to last for 90 minutes without any commercial breaks, and will cover a variety of topics, including the Supreme Court, the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing unrest and allegations of systemic racism, among others.
Judging by Biden’s commentary, it seems he is awfully confident that he will outmatch Trump on the debate stage. But whether that is indeed the case, or whether he is thrown off his game by the incumbent president, is something all Americans will be anxiously waiting to see.