President Trump unexpectedly agreed to an extra presidential debate with Joe Biden on Monday when he agreed to participate in a 4-hour debate moderated by podcast host Joe Rogan.
Tim Kennedy, a retired MMA star, tweeted about the potential debate and tagged both presidential candidates.
“On my podcast with @joerogan he offered to moderate a debate between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump It would be four hours with no live audience. Just the two candidates, cameras, and their vision of how to move this country forward,” he tweeted.
“Who wants this?” Kennedy asked.
On my podcast with @joerogan he offered to moderate a debate between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump It would be four hours with no live audience. Just the two candidates, cameras, and their vision of how to move this country forward. Who wants this? #debates #Election2020
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 13, 2020
“A long-form debate with a neutral moderator. No fake audience reactions. No biased questions. Neutral camera positions. No sound bite length responses. Just their respective policies explained to us,” he added in another tweet. “Please @realDonaldTrump and @JoeBiden make it happen.”
A long form debate with a neutral moderator.
No fake audience reactions.
No biased questions.
Neutral camera positions.
No sound bite length responses.
Just their respective policies explained to us.
Please @realDonaldTrump and @JoeBiden make it happen. #debate #joerogandebate
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 14, 2020
Who wants it?
“I do,” he tweeted in response.
I do! https://t.co/H9Eghnqpuy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2020
Rogan, who previously endorsed Bernie Sanders and said he would prefer to vote for Trump over Biden, discussed the presidential debates on his segment with Kennedy and bet him $100 that Biden would not participate in all three scheduled debates.
“Biden’s not going to do it,” Rogan said. “I don’t think he can. I don’t think he can stand there for that long and last.”
Rogan has been fiercely critical of Biden’s mental acuity, and stated Friday that he does not believe Biden could withstand the rigors of a marathon debate.
“I don’t think Biden can handle that,” Rogan said. “I think Biden is — people get mad at me for saying this — I think there’s something wrong.”
The podcast host is even skeptical that Biden will go through with the three 90-minute debates currently on the books.
“I’ll bet you a hundred bucks it doesn’t happen,” Rogan said.
The Biden campaign has repeatedly stated that he will participate in all the debates sanctioned by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. That group has sanctioned, as has become custom, three debates between the candidates — the first of which is slated to take place on Sept. 29 with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace moderating.
Several people online expressed support for the extra debate as Rogan enjoys wide appeal as the host of one of the world’s most popular podcasts.
President Trump should definitely pressure Biden into this https://t.co/rHfEgeOxeE
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 14, 2020
This is the only thing that can improve 2020. https://t.co/C2RiGTDrd6
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) September 14, 2020
holy shit pic.twitter.com/SaHbQn6vfs
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) September 14, 2020
The currently scheduled debates are below:
UPDATE — Debate Moderators announced:
Tuesday, September 29: Chris Wallace
Wednesday, October 7 – VP: @SusanPage
Thursday, October 15 – @SteveScully
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 2, 2020