House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Aug. 27 sought to clarify her comments after earlier stating that she does not believe Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should hold any debates with President Donald Trump ahead of the November election.
“Well, I have every confidence in Joe Biden. As Ive said, he knows why. He knows why he is running for president. He has a vision for America that is very inclusive,” Pelosi said on MSNBCs “The Beat with Ari Melber.”
“Why I said he shouldnt debate him [Trump] has nothing to do with Joe Biden. Joe Biden will be great. He is great as a debater. What it is, is about how totally inappropriate, if thats the word, thats the nicest word I can think of the president is. I mean, he has no even slight flirtation with truth, fact, evidence, data that they would have to have people there judging whether he is telling the truth on something.”
Pelosi said that Biden should have “his own forum” and noted she was “concerned” that “the president has not shown any respect for the office that he holds.”
“And I dont expect that he will have any respect for the debates for that office as he has not shown any respect for giving people the right to vote without intimidation,” she added.
Her comments came just hours after she told reporters at her weekly press conference, “I dont think there should be any debates.”
“I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should that has any association with truth, evidence, data, and facts. I wouldnt legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.
Pelosi, who stands second in line in the current presidential order of succession, asked reporters not to tell Biden about her position.
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