Biden-Trump Debate: Podium Placement, Kennedy’s Exclusion Spark Controversy

The upcoming debate between President Biden and former President Trump is generating significant buzz, with the Democratic nominee’s strategic decision to reserve the stage-right podium adding another layer of intrigue. By doing so, Biden has effectively given Trump the choice of offering his closing statement first or last. Trump opted to go last at the Atlanta debate.

Meanwhile, the exclusion of Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from the CNN-hosted debate due to failing to meet the required polling threshold has sparked protests and accusations of a double standard. Approximately 50 Kennedy supporters gathered outside CNN’s New York bureau, chanting slogans like “RFK, let him speak. CNN, don’t be weak.”

Kennedy’s campaign representatives pointed out to Fox News’ Peter Doocy that CNN is applying a different standard to Kennedy compared to Biden and Trump. They argue that CNN is not requiring the presumptive nominees of political parties to meet the same polling requirements.

Fox News has reached out to the Biden and Trump campaigns for comment on the matter. Political leaders from both sides have highlighted the importance of the debate as a platform for the candidates to engage in a direct confrontation.

Former House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, ousted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, believes the debate will provide a crucial opportunity to assess Biden’s performance and observe Trump’s demeanor. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., conversely argues that Trump can leverage the debate by highlighting the state of the Middle East under Biden’s leadership.

The debate promises to be a pivotal moment in the 2024 election, with the candidates’ performances and strategies likely to shape the narrative and public perception in the weeks to come.

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