Pelosi suggests canceling presidential debates: 'I don't think that there should be any'
'I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate,' Pelosi said about President Trump
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden shouldn't debate President Trump.
Biden said later that he will debate Trump.
"I don't think there should be any debates. I do not think the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts. I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," Pelosi said.
"I know the Biden campaign thinks in a different way about this. But I just thought what [Trump] he did in 2016 was disgraceful, stalking Hillary Clinton like that. I was disappointed the press didn't say, 'Go back to your station. You don't own this stage. You have your own podium. She has hers,' " she also said.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy responded to Pelosi advising Biden not to debate Trump.
"President Trump's passion, energy, and debate skills are unmatched. It's no surprise that Pelosi wants to keep Biden in the basement," he wrote on Twitter.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on Pelosi's advice as well.
"The Pelosi suggestion Biden should not debate President Trump is the beginning of Operation Basement Part Two. If only they can keep Biden hidden long enough he might win," he wrote on Twitter.
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