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Biden campaign says candidate will continue to debate Trump, amid calls to cancel rancorous events

Biden's campaign clarified their position moving forward following Tuesday night's debate.

Updated: September 30, 2020 - 12:10pm

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The Biden campaign says its candidate will continue to debate President Trump, despite the calls from the media for Biden to withdraw from upcoming presidential debates.

The calls follow Tuesday night's debate, which often devolved into attacks and name-calling and lacked the policy discussions that help voters decide who to elect Nov. 3 as president. 

"I don't know how many different ways we can say it," said Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager on a call Tuesday night. "Yes, we are going to do the debates. I would imagine there will be some additional conversations [with the Commission on Presidential Debates]. But yeah, we are committing to attending the debates."

Her comments came amid numerous, post-debate calls for Biden to withdraw from the scheduled second and third debate, in October. 

"This is a disgrace, a low point in American debate history. There is no reason, not one, that Joe Biden should participate in another debate," tweeted Joe Scarborough, co-host of "Morning Joe."

Bill Kristol, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and a media commentator, wrote: "For the sake of the country, Joe Biden should refuse to appear again on the same stage as Donald Trump. Biden can have weekly or twice weekly town halls...But he should not put the nation through another ordeal like that."

Biden running-mate Sen. Kamala Harris also waved off calls to end the debates.

"Joe Biden's never going to refuse to talk to the American people," she said.

The second and third presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 15 and 22. The second event will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in Miami. C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully will moderate. 

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