The Trump campaign wants a third-party inspector to inspect both President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ears for electronic devices or transmitters prior to Tuesday night’s presidential debate.
Trump has consented to the inspection while the Biden campaign has declined.
However, according to a source told Floridian Press that the Biden campaign agreed to such inspection a couple days ago.
The Biden campaign has made a special request is pushing for two breaks, one every 30 minutes during the 90-minute commercial-free debate, according to a Fox News report. The Trump campaign denied their request, saying “our guy doesn’t need breaks. He gives 90-minute speeches all the time.”
The Commission on Presidential debates – the bipartisan organization producing tonight’s debate as well as the upcoming two debates in October has traditionally pushed back against any such commercial breaks from networks in the past.
Trump over the weekend called for both take a drug test before debating, suggesting his rival based on his recent debate performance during the Democratic primary shows that Biden has taken performance-enhancing substance to have “caused this discrepancy,”
“I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record-setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???”
I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2020
In a statement from the Trump Campaign, Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director confirmed that the Biden campaign “several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection” but now they “abruptly reversed themselves and declined.”
“Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined. Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need, so we have rejected that request,” Murtaugh said. “On top of the refusal to take a drug test, it seems pretty obvious that the Biden team is looking for any safety net they can find in the hours leading up to the debate. With his 47 years as a failed Washington politician, how much help does Biden want?”
The Biden campaign fired back on the claims, saying their candidate will not be “wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks.”
“Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told reporters after Murtaugh released the statement. “If we’re playing that game, then you know, the Trump team asked Chris Wallace not to mention the number of deaths from COVID once during the debate. You can consider that confirmed from the Biden campaign. See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction?”
Tuesday night’s debate is the first of three between the two candidates before the Nov. 3 election, is set to kick off at 9 p.m. Eastern in Cleveland, Ohio, and is slated to be a 90-minutes commercial-free showdown, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.