President Donald Trump accepted an offer for comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan to moderate a presidential debate ahead of the November election. Trump’s opponent, Former Vice President Joe Biden hasn’t yet responded to Rogan’s offer.
“On my podcast with @joerogan he offered to moderate a debate between @JoeBiden and @realDonaldTrump It would be four hours with no live audience,” wrote UFC fighter Tim Kennedy on Twitter Sunday night. “Just the two candidates, cameras, and their vision of how to move this country forward. Who wants this? #debates#Election2020“
Trump responded: “I do.”
A petition was also started and has amassed over 255,000 signatures in favor of Rogan’s offer. The voters who signed onto the petition say they feel disenfranchised and distrust the media, adding that Rogan is balanced and trustworthy.
The two candidates are set to have their first debate on September 29. In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether a Joe Rogan debate would actually come to fruition.
“If they wanted to do that, they both wanted to come here in Austin, sit down and have a debate, I would 100% do it. I would 100% do it,” Rogan said.
He added, “It would be the best way to find out, but I don’t think that Biden can handle that… I mean people get mad at me for saying this, I think there’s something wrong. And I don’t think there’s something wrong because I’m guessing or because I’m pro-Trump. I’ve seen him fall apart. He’s had multiple brain surgeries.”
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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