Biden and Trump Set for Debates, Kennedy Struggles to Qualify

President Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to have two one-on-one debates before the November election to discuss important issues facing the country. The terms to qualify, set by the host networks CNN and ABC News, may make it difficult for independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to participate.

Kennedy, who has consistently polled in double digits, faces challenges in appearing on the ballot in all 50 states. However, he has proven to be a popular independent presidential candidate. Both Trump and Biden see Kennedy as a potential spoiler in the election and are concerned about his impact on their campaigns.

The Biden and Trump campaigns are reportedly attempting to sideline Kennedy by cutting out the commission that traditionally sets the terms of presidential debates. While Kennedy could potentially meet the 15% polling benchmark set by CNN to qualify for the debate, he must also have a path to collecting 270 Electoral College votes, which requires him to be on the ballot in enough states.

The debates present risks and opportunities for both Trump and Biden. Biden’s insistence on an in-studio debate, as opposed to one with a live audience, is seen as a strategic move. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign highlights Kennedy’s environmental record to paint him as a liberal. Kennedy, on the other hand, accuses Trump and Biden of colluding to exclude him from the debate stage.

Despite the challenges, Kennedy remains determined and has announced that he will meet the criteria to participate in the CNN debate on June 27 in Atlanta. The debate hosted by ABC on Sept. 10 will have similar criteria to qualify as CNN’s. Overall, the debates are critical for the candidates in shaping their positions on various issues and reaching a wider audience.

As the election approaches, it is important for voters to stay informed about the candidates’ stances and participate in the democratic process. The debates provide an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates and make an informed decision in November.

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