Joe Biden squashed the likelihood of an April primary debate, despite Bernie Sanders’s campaign hinting he wants to go head-to-head with his rival one last time.
“My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this,” Biden told reporters Wednesday.
The two-term vice president and presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee made the comments during a 30-minute press availability focused on the coronavirus pandemic’s repercussions on young people, a demographic within his party he has so far failed to excite.
The Democratic National Committee originally planned for 12 primary debates, scheduling the last one for April in a timeline laid out in December 2018. Yet the party also said it would “continuously assess the state of the race and make adjustments … as appropriate, and always transparently.”