Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates Monday urging the group to release a new set of topics ahead of Thursday’s third and final debate and to refrain from adding any additional rule changes.
NBC News’ Kristin Welker, the third debate’s moderator, released her selected topics for the third debate on Friday, which included national security, fighting COVID-19, race in America, leadership, American families, climate change and leadership. (RELATED: Trump Campaign Increases Campaign Ad Spending, Focuses On Critical Battleground States)
The Trump campaign’s letter reads, that Welker’s selected topics “are serious and worthy of discussion, but only a few of them even touch on foreign policy,” as is typical of the third presidential debate.
“Indeed, almost all of them were discussed at length during the first debate,” the letter continues. “We understand that Joe Biden is desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record, especially since President Trump has secured historic peace agreements among Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.”
The campaign further called reports the Commission is contemplating giving an “unnamed person” a button that could mute the candidates mics “completely unacceptable” and asked the Commission to “rethink and reissue” the topics for Thursday’s debate.
Our letter to the BDC (Biden Debate Commission) pic.twitter.com/ZsY5JfMbT7
— BillStepien (@BillStepien) October 19, 2020