March 22, 2019
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Panel defends presidential debate schedule from Trump criticism

CARLO ALLEGRI | REUTERS
CARLO ALLEGRI | REUTERS
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump works the ropeline at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum following a campaign rally in Denver, Colorado, July 29, 2016.

WASHINGTON — The dates for the three debates ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election were picked a year ago and “will serve the American public well,” the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement Sunday.

The commission was responding to complaints from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the debate dates — Monday, Sept. 26, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 19 — should be changed because two of them conflict with televised NFL games.

The commission, which was established in 1987 to organize and manage the debate process, said it is impossible to avoid all sporting events when scheduling debates, adding presidential debates have never been rescheduled because of conflicts with sporting events.

 



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