The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and locations of the three presidential debates for the eventual nominees.
While Joe Biden and Donald Trump have not given an inclination if they will attend the debates, I have to think they are going to have no choice with everything that is going on right now.
If they do choose to do the debates, they will not be alone because right now, it would appear that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will qualify for at least the first debate.
The first debate will be held at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, on September 16, 2024.
The second debate will be held at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA, on October 1, 2024.
The third and what we assume would be the final debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, on October 9, 2024.
There has also been a vice presidential debate, which is scheduled to be held at Lafayette Collete in Easton, PA, on September 25, 2024, giving us a full four weeks of debates heading into election day.
In order to qualify for the debates, the candidates will need to be polling at 15%, and right now RFK Jr. is polling at about 16%, so he would be in.
The question then becomes what the commission will determine to be qualifying polls, as they could still figure out a way to keep RFK off the stage.
If he does make the stage, however, it will be the first time since 1992 that an independent candidate will have qualified for a presidential debate.
In that election year, Ross Perot made the stage, making him the only third-party candidate to do so in modern times.
In response to the schedule, the Trump campaign stated, “President Trump very much looks forward to debating Crooked Joe Biden in the general election, but it remains to be seen if Biden will show up.
“The campaign has not yet weighed in on the Commission itself or their schedule.”
Biden’s campaign has not returned requests for comment on this matter.