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President Donald Trump (Photo: Kevin Sander for the New Jersey Globe) and former Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

Steinhardt wants 4th presidential debate — in New Jersey

13 GOP legislators join Steinhardt’s call

By David Wildstein, August 07 2020 2:11 pm

GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt wants a fourth presidential debate to be held in New Jersey, where voters will begin casting ballots ten days before the first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is held.

“The truth is, Joe Biden has avoided public scrutiny and the press since becoming the nominee,” Steinhardt said.  “Vote by mail voters deserve to see for themselves that he is unfit for the Presidency.”

Trump has been seeking a fourth debate, but the Commission on Presidential Debates has rebuffed him.

Steinhardt was joined by thirteen Republican state legislators, who also sent a letter to the members of the debate commission.

“Presidential debates are a critical part of the electoral process. Unlike television ads or pre-written speeches, debates give Americans a firsthand look at each candidate’s own policies and intellect in an unscripted setting, the legislators said. “They allow voters to hear the candidates’ platforms firsthand and give candidates the opportunity to respond to the tough questions at the forefront of every voter’s mind.”

State Sens. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford), Steven Oroho (R-Franklin), Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville), Robert Singer (R-Lakewood), Michael Testa (R-Vineland), Assemblymen John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown), Antwan McClellan (R-Ocean City), Ryan Peters (R-Lumberton), Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor), Erik Simonsen (R-Lower Township), and Hal Wirths (R-Wantage), and Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) signed the letter.

Presidential debates are set for September 29 in Cleveland, October 15 in Miami, and October 22 in Nashville.   A debate between candidates for vice president is set for October 7 in Salt Lake City.

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