Virginia Gov Glenn Youngkin calls out Biden for refusal of VSU presidential debate

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin slams President Biden for refusing to participate in a debate originally scheduled for October 1 at Virginia State University (VSU) by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). did. The university was supposed to be the first black university in history. Universities (HBCUs) host presidential debates.

“The Biden campaign is refusing to participate in the historic general election presidential debate. [VSU], a great university and HBCU,” the Republican governor wrote in a post to X. “Joe Biden is turning his back on students, Virginians, and the country because he cannot defend his failed policies. He has great contempt for VSU and the people of the commonwealth.”

Youngkin’s comments came a day after Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed to two debates, the first hosted by CNN on June 27 and the second hosted by ABC on September 10. Ta.

The debate came about as President Trump gave Biden an open invitation to debate anytime, anywhere, with Biden telling Trump in a heavily edited video on social media to “enjoy your day.” I called out to him and embarked on the challenge.

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However, in parallel with Mr. Biden’s announcement that he would participate in the debate, a letter from Mr. Biden’s campaign to the CPD was sent out, stating that Mr. important limitations have been revealed.

The list included restrictions such as holding debates without spectators and in TV studios with only candidates and moderators.

The proposal was initially outlined in a letter from the Biden-Harris campaign to CPD on Wednesday morning. The committee abandoned its decades-old tradition of hosting three meetings in the fall. President Trump then told Fox News Digital that he would accept the schedule proposed by the incumbent Democratic Party.

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President Biden will not debate former President Trump at an event scheduled for Virginia State University by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. (Getty Images)

President Trump told Fox News Digital on Wednesday, “Even though the time has come for a debate to take place — even if it has to be held through the Office of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the commission is completely controlled by Democrats. “It’s controlled, and as people remember, who gets it?” I discovered cheating with me at the sound level of the debate. ”

In November, the CPD set the locations and dates for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate during the 2024 general election.

The presidential debate was scheduled to be held on September 16th at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Oct. 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. and Oct. 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The vice presidential debate was scheduled for September 25th at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Glenn Youngkin

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin delivered the VCU Commencement Address in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday. (Parker Michels Boyce of The Washington Post via Getty Images)

VSU released a statement after learning that the presidential debate would be held on CNN and ABC instead of VSU.

“Virginia State University is disappointed to hear media reports suggesting that the U.S. presidential candidates may not participate in the debate at VSU scheduled for October 1, 2024,” the statement said. “There is.” “The Presidential Debate at VSU is a huge victory not only for our students and campus community, but also for the greater community at large. As the first university to do so, VSU recognizes the importance of this event and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the democratic process.

The school added: “We will continue to work closely with the Commission on Presidential Debates and other stakeholders as we evaluate this situation.”

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The Biden and Trump campaigns did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Anders Hagstrom, Brooke Singman and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.