The first presidential debate is over. That’s about the biggest takeaway and best news following the September 29 square-off between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The argument-filled forum did little to sway anyone’s opinion of either candidate. For Democrats, the fact that Joe Biden survived the night without any gaffes may be cause enough for celebration. Especially after prominent Dems had virtually paved the way for Biden to sidestep the debates all together.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly called for Biden to not debate President Trump. In an interview with “Morning on CBS,” Pelosi said, “I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the Presidency of the United States. “She wasn’t done, adding, “Now I know that the Biden campaign thinks in a different way about this.”

Blame Senator Chris Coons (D-DL) for creating the speculation that Biden might bail on debate No. 2. The close confidant of Biden told Politico that he didn’t think additional debates were needed. “It was very hard to follow what was being said, and President Trump showed not just disrespect to the moderator, but to the American people who tuned in trying to figure out what his plans are. The point of the debate is for the American people to make a decision, informed by hearing from the two candidates on what’s your record, what are your values? Joe Biden came prepared to respect the American people. Donald Trump did not.”

Obviously, Biden already participated in the first debate and now his deputy campaign manager is addressing any questions surrounding attendance in future debates. “I don’t know how many different ways we can say it. Yes, we are going to do the debates,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a call with reporters.

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