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Biden’s Looming Debate Nightmare

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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

More than two years into his term, Joe Biden’s staff has gone to extreme lengths to keep him away from TV cameras and reporters’ questions. But as the 80-year-old president appears more and more primed to announce a re-election bid, he won’t be able to escape the media spotlight forever – particularly when it comes to any primary and general election debates.

Even before entering the White House, it was clear that Biden’s staff was acutely aware of his propensity for embarrassing gaffes when in the spotlight. Citing “COVID-19 concerns,” his campaign team kept him locked away in his Delaware basement for most of 2020. When Biden did venture out, it resulted in confusing, often bizarre encounters that left even liberal pundits scratching their heads.

Once installed as president, Biden’s team continued with the COVID excuses, restricting reporters’ access to an unprecedented degree. Over the first two years of his presidency, Biden hosted only 22 press conferences. By that point, Trump had hosted 42, Barack Obama 46, and George W. Bush 40.

According to the American Presidency Project, Biden also waited longer to host his first press conference after taking office than any president in more than 100 years. When Biden did finally take the podium, it was with instructions from his staff on who to call on, and reporters seemed to have pre-approved softball questions for Biden to answer.

Even after the White House dropped COVID protocols and Biden began attending large events, the press pool was still limited and hand-picked by the Biden team. The obfuscation infuriated the press so much that 73 prominent reporters signed an open letter demanding the White House either relax the standards or permit greater transparency and input. Several months later, the Biden team grudgingly relented.

Yet despite spending a historically scant amount of time in front of media cameras, Biden has nonetheless managed to commit an equally historical – and consequential – number of gaffes.

There are the more innocuous (yet still troubling) gaffes, like Biden forgetting how many states there are, repeatedly calling Kamala Harris “President Harris” or just completely forgetting what he’s talking about.

But there are also the more potentially damaging ones, like saying “Iranian people” when he meant “Ukrainian people,” demanding that “Putin cannot remain in power,” and asserting that America will defend Taiwan if China invades – a major red line for the Chinese Communist Party that American leaders have carefully avoided crossing for decades. In all of these cases, the White House was sent scrambling to backtrack and clarify Biden’s statements before they led to an international incident.

The clear fact that Democrats refuse to recognize is that Biden is in a state of accelerated cognitive and physical decline that leaves him increasingly unable to effectively communicate even simple ideas. In this context, Biden’s refusal to address the press makes political sense even if it sows confusion and distrust.

Thus far, Biden and his team have been able to by and large get away with this strategy thanks to a friendly media establishment. However, if Biden insists on running for re-election, they won’t be able to insulate him forever.

Without the pandemic as an excuse, to have any chance of winning Biden will be forced to endure the grueling schedule of a normal presidential campaign. During the 2020 election, a Boston Globe reporter documented how intensive that process is:

“In one 24-hour period in July, Sanders, 78, walked in five parades covering almost seven miles. In January, Elizabeth Warren, 70 — who walks over six miles a day — smiled for her 100,000th photo with a supporter; and Amy Klobuchar, 59 — briefly freed from Trump’s impeachment trial — flew to Iowa and packed six campaign events into 36 hours, flew back, attended the trial again, and then called into a town hall meeting.”

Biden never came anywhere close to that schedule during 2020, and has an apparently easy schedule as president. Last month, former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki noted that it was surprising the president was giving a speech at 9 a.m. since “President Biden does nothing at 9 a.m.”

The greatest challenge for Biden in a potential re-election bid will likely be the debates. Any seasoned politician could humiliate the president should his verbal gaffes hobble him on the debate stage.

Briefing room press conferences can be incredibly valuable in rhetorically toughening a president’s responses and honing his message discipline. Should Biden mistake Ukrainians for Iranians again or radically revise war aims on the debate stage, his Republican challenger – particularly if it is Donald Trump – would have ample opportunity to make Biden look foolish and incompetent.

There is also the outside chance Biden could face a primary challenge from another Democrat and add to an already arduous debate schedule.

In the last few weeks, Biden has broken several major campaign promises. He signed a bill repealing Washington, D.C.’s BLM-inspired radical rewriting of the Criminal Code, announced plans to work with Canada to curb illegal immigration and reject asylum seekers aggressively, and also recently approved a massive drilling operation on federal lands.

Each of these decisions irked the Democrat Party faithful and would be difficult for any Democrat to defend in a primary debate – much less one who can barely answer pre-scripted questions from friendly reporters.

Between now and debate time, Biden’s team will undoubtedly continue doing everything they can to shield the president from the public view. But at some point, they won’t be able to keep up the charade.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.

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Robert Chase
Robert Chase
7 months ago

Doubt he will be on a debate schedule. Maybe a few with select moderators and prepared questions; which will still have bungled response from him.

Ken Westenkirchner
Ken Westenkirchner
7 months ago

I can’t wait for Uncle Joe to debate other politicians.. esp people like Trump, Ted Cruz, Mike Pompeo, Tulsi etc The entertainment value will b priceless

A Voter
A Voter
7 months ago

Predictioin. There will be no debates.

Hal-
Hal-
7 months ago

I can’t believe that the DemocRat Party is so stupid as to allow Biden to run for reelection! I do believe the integrity of the DemocRat Party is capable of seriously considering it, however. At this point I can ‘t think of a single DemocRat that I consider competent and able to make a decent POTUS.

Ruthie
Ruthie
7 months ago

… deep ear embeddment, Bejing Biden is the most scripted president in U.S. history –

Dan
Dan
7 months ago

Biden’s participation in debates is almost as bad as Fetterman’s, except Biden is less logical and more “out-to-lunch”

Ruby
Ruby
7 months ago

This man has been on the public payroll so long and acquired so much wealth from lobbyists that he should be on trial for treason because everything he does is against the American People.Let him spend the rest of his life in prison where he should have been put years ago!????????????

Mjb
Mjb
7 months ago

If trump were to choose DeSantis as his running mate then there would be no reason for Communist Joe Biden to debate!
But, it would be nice to see commie Joe make a bigger fool out of himself than he already is!

Ed G
Ed G
7 months ago

Okay, all good. But let me say out loud what no one wants to say out loud… How do we pick a GOP candidate who’s electable in the general election, when Trump, who is not, is standing in the way?

Anita Wasemann
Anita Wasemann
7 months ago

Thank you for acknowledging that Biden was INSTALLED.
Now, we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Jim Skjei
Jim Skjei
7 months ago

The information provided is always informative and factful please continue.

Drue
Drue
7 months ago

“Wake him up” and “Lock him up”. Biden is a crooked disgrace to our country. I do hope when sanity replaces chaos in the White House in 2024, that Biden will get what he deserves: A permanent home at a federal prison in the mental ward.

Jim
Jim
7 months ago

Sorry i have to add something, Are the Democrats doing anything about Anitifa and BLM and why did Biden Open the Borders and shutdown the XL Pipeline, so he could by Oil from dictators and his Open Border policy, making the Cartels rich? EQUITY?

BEA
BEA
7 months ago

Please Mr. President stay in your basement. No one wants to hear the most corrupt president of the US of America speak. Joe Biden a master liar. Just shut up!

Jim
Jim
7 months ago

if you call them debates..if you remember when Trump wanted to say something and wallace a democrat wouldn’t let him say something about Obiden, wallace stopped him?.. you call that a debate?..i think not!..most of these debates are covered by Radical Democrats from the Main Stream Media and they hate Trump!! The Man that did so much for this country since Reagan!! Yes Obama’s useful Idiot Biden when he does appear before the Public..he doesn’t answer questions if he’s not sure what to say, even when he has a teleprompter, he has a problem!..this country’s in trouble with the likes of Democrats,,the Clintons, the Obama’s, the RINO’s, yes you McConnell, whose wifes family owns a shipping business in CHINA, This administration is weak and there’s no equality about it, it’s EQUITY which means Equal outcomes!!..is that fair?..that’s Marxist, Please good people do your research and look at History!..look at Hitler, he demanded to shut down all Media yes he was a NAZI, are we being censored by social media, the answer is yes, do the Leftists hate this country and Capitalism, YES, does commie China care? NO,,is weakling Biden XI’s OLD friend?,, does he Trust XI?..YES he does, it’s scray times for this great country now, how many are Obama holdovers are in the Biden Administration, they all weak and they’re not protecting America, Trump had it right with America 1st and Nation of ISLAM, led by Louis Faraken didn’t like it, Oh Maxine Waters attends those meetings, yes i know i’m digressing but, it’s true, Look what happened under Trump, people loved his policies, when the Fraudulent Pres Biden won he returned to Obama’s policies, which were terrible for this country! look at the blue states policies and their high taxes and even the liberal cities in red states, the Marxists, Socialists are incrementally gaining power, now the FBI’s involved paid by Democrats, they’re in our schools and BAD for this country, they’re ruining it!!!!!

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

No one wants to hear him attempt to debate . Can we say “basement ” it worked last time and will work fine this time . America didn’t demand it otherwise . So the sheep get the wolf .

David Millikan
David Millikan
7 months ago

Put ice cream in front of the prompter to see which flavor he debates.

Melinda
Melinda
7 months ago

I would love to see/hear Biden debate anyone!

packman
packman
7 months ago

Henry Hyde was WRONG about partial birth abortion. Henry Hyde should not get to decide whether a woman gets an abortion. It should be the woman and not Henry Hyde. Henry Hyde cheated on his own wife by the way.

Barrett Smith
Barrett Smith
7 months ago

Joe is incapable of even being a figurehead.

Denny
Denny
7 months ago

The BEST possible way the debate could be done is in a manner such as Clint Eastwood did at the Republican National Convention a number of years ago. If Biden refuses to debate one on one with the Republican candidate, the Podium should be set-up with a position for Biden. When he refuses to stand for debate (assuming he’ll be able to stand for more than 10 minutes), I know of at least ONE candidate who could debate that empty podium vigorously and with fact!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
7 months ago

They will shoot him up with some speed; otherwise, he couldn’t last 20 minutes. Then give him the questions a few days in advance so his handlers can furnish him some cue cards or maybe fit him with an earpiece.

jocko
jocko
7 months ago

SEND him TO THE NEW AUSCHWITZ WITH ALL liberals

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
7 months ago

His brain cells are dying as fast as ants at an aardvark convention. Nothing matters since his team of Godless liars, cheats, and satanically controlled minions will do all they can to get him re-elected through any means possible. Nothing will stop the globalists from completing their agenda of a one-world government.

Rabi
Rabi
7 months ago

He doesn’t need to campaign like he said in a speech during the 2020 elections that he has the best voter fraud team ever assembled. He was right and our justice system allowed it! Pray for 2024!!!!

John Bass
John Bass
7 months ago

There will be no debate problem. I read just yesterday that there is a new virus that is deadlier than Covid that has supposedly been found in several states. Presto-chango we now have a new virus so demented Joe can spent the rest of the campaign hiding in his basement again…problem solved.

You really don’t think the Dem’s would try steeling the election again…do you? They got away with it once, they’ll do it again. Unless we the people put our foot down and stop them this time…Ha Ha Ha, who am I kidding, look at what their doing to Trump.

anna hubert
anna hubert
7 months ago

Any debate involving Biden will be a pointless insufferable insult .

Paul W
Paul W
7 months ago

“Without the pandemic as an excuse, to have any chance of winning Biden will be forced to endure the grueling schedule of a normal presidential campaign.”

Fear not, biden loving imbeciles…another plandemic is in the works. tony fauxci has already “predicted” it.
Thanks to the last plandemic, elections have become kabuki theater…nothing more.

joe mchugh
joe mchugh
7 months ago

Debate problem, what debate problem? Joe Biden will sail through the upcoming 2024 campaining season in a breeze. All such debates will be conducted with a TV studio setup in Joe’s basement with writers on hand to quickly feed responses to a teleprompter that Joe can read from.

These debates will show a new format in the question/answer protocol. Joe will make an initial statement and then ask a question. The opponent, most likely Donald Trump, will respond in kind. At each of these points, a commercial break will occur while Joe’s writers load his teleprompter with replies, and a follow up question. The debate opponent will be located remotely far away from the State of Maryland. It should go without mention that a canned applause and booing response will be orchestrated when Biden and Trump speak respectively.

When the vote counting is done in November 5, 2024, Joe Biden will win not by the 10-million votes difference in 2020, but by 20-million votes. Rumor has it that the vote counters have already been selected in the swing states. You know, selected from the usual Marxists and the RINOs.

John Riley
John Riley
7 months ago

Nothing to worry about. By the way, he won the Lincoln- Duglas debate. No joke. Just ask him.

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
7 months ago

Not only does the Emperor have no clothes; there is very little brain matter and zero personality. Good luck cranking him up; and sending him to a debate podium. His Incompetence was still a stark naked reality; even with the Banquet Feeding & Barbeque of Trump last night on MSNBC. They remembered everything except the cranberry sauce! However, you never once heard them say how Biden was the shining example of political integrity. In fact, as they were chomping down on Trump drumsticks; they had nothing at all to say about Biden & Company! May God Bless & Help These United States of America!

Chuck
Chuck
7 months ago

“Yabba dabba doo. A moose bit my sister…no joke.” Idiot Biden’s reply to what he would do to improve the US economy. FJB!

Ann S
Ann S
7 months ago

Why do you suppose they are going after Trump so hard that even fake criminal charges are sticking?
Because if they get Trump out of the way Brandon can be a candidate in 2024. It has already been decided by the WEF. For their plan of a global world cannot be thwarted by the likes of Trump. Their plans were interrupted by Trump and they don’t want to have that happen again. The previous president before Trump was also installed by the WEF. That is why the fraudulent election in 2020.
H was so shocked she lost in 2016 since it had already been decided by the WEF she would win. Only they didn’t have the crooked voting machines not yet programmed her way. They corrected that in 2020. I could go on and on. But I am preaching to the choir. The woke have to hear this.

robert sikes
robert sikes
7 months ago

There will be NO DEBATES….there probably will NOT BE AN ELECTION! The stakes are too high for ‘them’ to risk losing power…too much corruption to keep below the surface.

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
7 months ago

Biden, if he is the candidate, will find some critical reason not to debate the Republican candidate. If it is Trump, he won’t “dignify” the office of President of the United States to debate a super, MAGA Republican. And the press will tell us all how that principled position is what makes Biden our “only” hope to preserve democracy. The gullible will lap it up.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago

Based on the Fetterman -Oz debate for PA Senate, debates don’t matter. Fetterman couldn’t complete a sentence let alone communicate a thought or opinion at an elementary level…..it was a total failure on his part, showing him as nowhere intellectually equipped to handle the position and for that matter any position of leadership AND HE WON ! So I have no faith in the voters and no faith on the influence of debates. A total waste of time and money.

Veteran
Veteran
7 months ago

Maybe he’ll bring Cornpop, or tell them again that if they’re not voting for him they ain’t black, which would supremely scare Rachel Dolezal. He could choose Elizabeth Warren this time as a running mate to appeal to the native American vote, or Hillary to get back in good with the KKK and followers of the late Robert Byrd. If a question is too tough he might either walk behind the curtain, or off the podium. The comedic possibilities for Brandon are endless! Let’s go Brandon! Don’t forget to vote Trump!

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
7 months ago

If he is the Democratic candidate, the GOP should at least insist on one debate with no teleprompters or notes. And a moderator from outside the country

John Shipway
John Shipway
7 months ago

If the left allows Brandon, from a lack of an alternative, to run again and if the opposition candidate is President Trump then Brandon will simply refuse to debate “a known criminal” or some such crap.
And hell even if he does debate its a given there will be a VERY helpful moderator such as Vagina Wallace who threw one of the debates in 2020.
The left can and will do anything to win…………to the point of not even having an election and just announcing Brandon as El Jefe for life. Put nothing past these monsters on the left.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago

If it wasn’t so serious for our country, it would be a huge laugh watching sleepy in a debate.

PaulE
PaulE
7 months ago

If the debates are conducted the same way they have been for the past 20 years, Biden has nothing to worry about. A Democrat friendly moderator will only ask questions on the subjects that are favorable to Biden and will interrupt or cut off the Republican candidate left and right. Stop thinking that these televised debates are actually real debates. They are not. The entire format of these debates doesn’t allow for any real debate of the important issues. They are largely just for show, to say debates were held.

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

The drugs being used to sustain him aren’t working as well…

Festus
Festus
7 months ago

“when it comes to any primary and general election debates” What are you talking about? He didn’t debate anyone in 2020! He spent the entire campaign in his basement smelling little girls underware!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
7 months ago

Trump OR other debates Biden& Biden loses

Jester
Jester
7 months ago

The attitude at Langley: we are bad Americans. We didn’t vote for Hillary. We deserve to be punished. The attitude at CIA, inserting Joseph Biden as president, was intended as retribution, punishment, as an insult and an irony to mainstream America. Remember L. Frank Baum’s, the Wicked Witch of the West? “… how about a little inflation, scarecrow? How about doubling the price of gasoline, tin man?”

Samuel
Samuel
7 months ago

… face facts, we’ve been outsmarted. Job well done, got to give the mainstream due credit, one psy-op right after another, one media stunt right after another, systemic sustained mendacity, effectively deflecting attention away, from Biden family corruption. No room for argument, the mainstream media is mopping the floor, with Main Street, U.S.A. –

Hal-
Hal-
7 months ago

As anyone with a brain knows, the Biden election to POTUS was RIGGED! It is imperative that the Republicans and Independents do NOT allow this to happen again. It obviously destroys the integrity of the Nation’s governance … and the last two DemocRat POTUS men have make that starkly apparent .

Enuf Said
Enuf Said
7 months ago

He doesn’t even know if he is DOING anything.

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