Debate Commission Fires Back After Trump Criticizes Schedule

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The Commission on Presidential Debates signaled Sunday that it does not intend to reschedule the upcoming presidential debates, despite complaints from Republican nominee Donald Trump about conflicts with NFL football.

“It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles,” the commission said in a statement. “A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.”

The statement went on to note, “The CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well.”

Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to criticize the schedule of debates between him and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!”

The commission has scheduled three debates between the nominees — Sept. 26, Oct. 9 and Oct. 19. The first two debates would conflict NFL games.

Trump told ABC News Saturday, “I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous. Why are the debates against?’ ‘Cause the NFL doesn’t wanna go against the debates.” An NFL spokesperson later denied that the league had sent Trump any such letter.

Read the full statement from the debate commission here:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates. It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.

“As a point of reference, in a four-year period, there are four general election debates (three presidential and one vice presidential) and approximately 1000 NFL games.

“The CPD selects the debate dates a year in advance in order for the television networks to have maximum lead time and predictability in scheduling these extremely important civic education forums. The CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will service the American public well.”

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  1. slehar says:

    How do we get in touch with the debate committee to register our protest? Anyone know the link?

  2. Laura H says:

    Shame shame on you Mr. Trump you are not only the Republican Presidential nominee if you win the office of one of the greatest offices in the world. The president of the United States. I sincerely hope you tske a moment to think before you open your mouth and insert your foot in it! The people and voters of this great nation deserve better. God bless the USA!

  3. Tina Burns says:

    The Republican nominee does not desire to participate in the presidential debates due to the fact he doesn’t have the knowledge required to participate in the debates. Sad but true! He knows everything. Lies, lies constantly. Mr. Trump is for Mr. Trump ONLY!!

  4. Mark says:

    While the Commission on Presidential Debates claims to be partisan, both sides are complete establishment and so Hillary Clinton. They all want “Globalization” while Mr. Trump is a Nationalist and he and his supporters are against “Globalization”. Mr. Trump wants to put Americans first and his supporters do want to lose America’s sovereignty.

  5. Larry Redden says:

    Football is televised on Monday’s, Thursday’s and Sunday’s. Seems pretty simple math when you only have to schedule 3-4 debates you could schedule them on Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. I smell football’s money influencing the television executives.

  6. Jay Kareem says:

    It is always so sad to hear Trump’s followers make excuses for his behavior. Still, they MUST know that not only is Trump an idiot, but they are even bigger idiots for still following him.

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    • Saczac says:

      Who is the more foolish? The fool or the fool that follows a fool? Obi wan

  7. Alex May says:

    Sounds like Donald is looking for an excuse to Duck out.

  8. Mark says:

    WAAAAHHHHH!!! Poor little drumpf. I wonder if he’s ever actually read the Constitution?


  9. Dunstan says:

    Michael Bloomberg, and others, have it right; this clown with the expensive yet horrendous hair weave, the orange skin, no neck and a tinier brain, is an utter and complete liar and fraud.

    I’d love to see the news media just stop covering his racist, bullying, insulting comments about anyone who dares to criticize him. He is delusional, demented and deranged.

    And the most dangerous man in America not currently behind bars.

  10. I Bob Eurich says:

    The airways belong to the public….not at the convenience of networks! One debate was moved immediately when the host college said the financial burden to provide security, etc was beyon their means. You can move dates so that the biggest audience possible can be achieved. Going against one of the biggest TV attractions…NFL Football ….is asinine.
    All stations are licensed to serve in the Public Interest. This fits that criteria. ….do what is right and the networks and stations will adjust accordingly!

  11. Stan Rends says:

    Trump just wants to cry and play the victim while spewing hatred about Americans with disabilities, veterans, women, and every non-WASP minority. He has a long history of buying politicians and bankrupting American companies, killing American jobs while he gets rich.

  12. Tom says:

    Remember that he skipped the last one-to-one debate with Ted Cruz because he knew in that format he’d be eviscerated.

  13. jimatmad says:

    Cowards always lie about why they run away from a fight.

    Run, Donald, RUN!!

  14. jimatmad says:

    Trump’s weird lie about the NFL letter doesn’t even help his weird conspiracy theory that Hillary and the NFL conspired against him back in September before anybody thought that he would be the nominee.

    Then there’s the other weird lie that the GOP just now found out about Monday Night Football.

    So, that’s two lies and an paranoia attack just to try to get out of the debates.

  15. Al B. says:

    What you have to remember is this will be the first Presidential debates that CON MAN DON has watched and he doesn’t realize that the debates and football have been on conflicting dates before just like he doesn’t realize that all presidential candidates have released their TAX records for the last 50 years or more! Just being CON MAN DON. All of this fuss is just deflection so people won’t be thinking about his not releasing his Tax records.

  16. Cheryl says:

    Trump is against you and your family. Jorge. Didn’t you get the memo? I think he’s made it quite obvious during his HATE FESTS.

  17. txkreddog says:

    Would like the names of those on the debate commission. I strongly suspect they are liberals who favor hillary. They knew more than 18 months ago hillary would be the nominee, and would have difficulty debating whomever the republicans nominated.

  18. Mark Allen says:

    Well OF COURSE they’ll deny it. The DNC denied they were tilting the tables in Hilary’s favor, too… until they were proven to be liars.

    • Randall says:

      The debate commission is a nonpartisan body, consisting of individuals from both sides of the political divide, that set these dates almost a year ago — before anyone knew who the candidates would be (esp. before anyone knew “the Donald” would be the GOP’s candidate), and before the NFL had released its schedule for this year. To blather and scream about conspiracy is simply knee-jerk brainlessness. I expect it from internet idiots like you; we shouldn’t have to expect it from major party presidential candidates.

  19. BillUSA says:

    Impossible to avoid all sporting events? Are you kidding me? Since when does football (my favorite sport, bth) dictate the American political process? Put me on the line with Roger Goodell, he’ll hear things everyone else is afraid of telling him.

    • txkreddog says:

      Randall, saying the commission is nonpartisan doesn’t make it so. Who is on the commission, and what authority do they have? Sounds like “establishment politicians” trying to decide before the voters who the president should be. Beware of name-calling Randall, it makes you look small and irrelevant.

      • DANNY NORBURY says:

        The chair of the commission is a republican. Sept of last year Jeb Bush (the ultimate establishment candidate) was thought of as the presumptive nominee. Even if you want to paint the panel with the looney-established-politician brush, Trump still does not fit into the equation.

      • jimatmad says:

        The commission’s members are on their website.

        Two of the prominent Republicans are John Danforth and Olympia Snowe.

        Just glancing through the list that’s who I noticed, You might know more.

  20. E Johnson says:

    The NFL should reschedule the games .Hillary is liar and a crook

    • Diane Villescas says:

      Right to appease the cry-baby Trump. Born with a silver spoon and still to this day acts like a spoiled rotten child. Even if they change the dates he will not debate. He’ll find yet another excuse. Everything is everyone else’s fault. He knows all. He’s the smartest man in the whole world. He never makes mistakes, he’s perfect. NOT!!! When is the man going to stop opening his mouth and putting his foot in it. Republicans are sick of him and that mouth. He has dragged the Republican party down, down, down.

    • why not just DVR the games. #priorities

    • CrazyUncleNikola says:

      The NFL never sent him a letter he’s lying about that. As far as a crook Donald is one as well. May have leaked a classified secret when claiming the US has to pay taxes on their Base in Saudi Arabia. There is no base in Saudi Arabia at least their isnt suppose to be. He had recived a security briefing hours earlier, so he ither leaked that bit or made up the base entirly.

  21. Tucson says:

    He’s just scared to death of debating Hillary.

  22. Bill says:

    The debate commission should quit flattering itself. These are not debates, they are joint press conferences and nothing more. I am tired of watching news anchors allowing candidates to spin. They should have a whistle they blow and shout “unresponsive” when a candidate starts spinnning.

  23. Is there anything that this clown Trump don’t complaint about? he is like a little girl crying and he whines about every little thing. He needs to man up debate and shut up already……. What a cry baby.

  24. I don’t know what Trumpachump is worried about. His backers, the klukkers and white supremacists, don’t watch the NFL. It’s too complicated for their little minds to figure out a pass play. Besides, there are too many non-whites in the NFL. Now, if it conflicted with NASCAR, Trumpachump would be right to worry. His simple minded supporters would probably be too drunk to figure out how to change the channel.

  25. louann says:

    wake up americans..havent you had enough of these cons, liars for 8 years..put hi.lie.ery in and you deserve what you get

  26. dave beck says:

    Donald is having custom made suits for the debates. They are being designed to hide the diaper he will be wearing. He realized there may be a high possibility of pooping his pants when he is asked the first question.

    • Mark says:

      And his suits are made in china by communist children in work camps.

    • BillUSA says:

      I’m developing a bumper sticker which says “Hello Hillary” next to a head shot of her across the top half in red, white and blue, while the bottom half says “Goodbye America” in red and gold next to an image of the Soviet flag. I might end up switching the coloring but the message is the same.

    • Al B. says:

      Where’s he getting them made, his sweat shop in CHINA by some ten year old kid that’s working for cigarette money. Somebody should tell CON MAN DON that CHINA isn’t America

  27. JOHN R WELLS SR. says:



  28. HypocriteDetector says:

    Russia , China and North Korea do not care about football games. If Trump is President, will they delay pushing their nuclear weapon buttons because Trump would rather watch the NFL?
    I …. don’t … think … so!

  29. There are tons of dates with no sporting events, why are they not chosen?

  30. He lies so often and so outrageously that it’s impossible for me to fathom that half the nation will vote for him.

  31. Douglas says:

    Donald would rather stay home and watch t.v. than face Hillary in a debate!

  32. listra says:

    This guy is the biggest liar, a liar and thief same thing and you guys want him for president we are doomed for hell

  33. James T says:

    I’d add that the NFL has denied sending Trump that letter he speaks of.

  34. Blu_ says:

    Trump is laying the ground work for reasons not to debate….he is going to get slaughtered

    • Al B. says:

      You’r right he’s bringing a knife to a gun fight but thats all he’s got to work with.

    • Dave Porter says:

      you’re dreaming in a utopian nightmare. the hildebeest has done nothing to earn her present position and the only thing she knows is how to get outnumbered men killed by sending no help. Trump’s gonna beat her like a redheaded step child.

    • His 16 Repub opponents thought the same.

      • Bluechips says:

        Winning the nomination is not evidence of his winning the debates. The only thing he excelled at in the Republican debates was bullying, non-creative name calling and demonstrating how to burn up the allotted response time without ever answering the question.

  35. Cory Desormeaux says:

    He’s trying to worm out of the debates. There’s so much in his comments that are ridulous and untrue it’s unreal. And I just won $100 from a Trump supporter I know when I bet him months ago he’d try to get out of the debates.

  36. Gayle says:

    anyone who thinks this scheduling conflict is an issue might want to rethink their prorities

  37. Rita says:

    He better hope they leave as is, the fewer people that hear him works better for him!!!!

  38. Tom says:

    Meanwhile….the New York Post unearthed pornographic, x-rated photos of Melania Trump (Coming to a website near everyone soon) so debate scheduling may be the least of Trump’s pre-election problems.

  39. John bruce says:

    he knows he’s so poorly informed he couldn’t bear an average high school debater, Hillary will mop the floor with him. he’s trying to weasle out of debating.

  40. Doris says:

    Trumps the biggest dummy out there! He actually thinks his whining is going to change this huh? This guy is as fake as his tan to his hair to everything he claims to be including being wealthy! Anyone whose lives in a Penthouse and wants tax breaks in the amount of $300 isn’t as wealthy as they want people to think. Thats why he’s not releasing those taxes! He’s a total fraud and know nothing!

  41. Sean Harris says:

    Do you guys really think it is not ridiculous and stupid to schedule a debate on nfl game nights? It’s only the most watched sport in America. One could say a major portion of Trumps constituency are in this group of fans. Saying it’s impossible to miss all sporting events is also ridiculous considering all the other sports are viewed far less. If they actually wanted everyone to watch the debates they would schedule them at times where it was most likely to have maximum viewers. Clearly this is being intentionally done.

  42. Joe says:

    So exactly what events that rate as high as NFL games would conflict with debates on Tuesday or Wednesday nights?

    Dems again touting fairness and consideration while lying.

  43. Raymond Bradbury says:

    Is it not disturbing that somehow football or any sport is appears more important than electing someone to lead this country as President?

  44. Wayne says:

    He can’t like all things Trump, he makes a claim without support and the media forgets to nail him on it. Trump denies he ever met or talked to Putin and yet in previous interviews he indicated he had. Trump knows that the average person will read and forget it in five minutes.

  45. Alex says:

    The NFL better hope Trump doesn’t produce the letter

    • Mac Senour says:

      And when he can’t… you’ll vote for anyone but Trump, right??

      • nohw says:

        Absolutely! Hillary is a criminal that belongs behind bars, not as your nominee. But, hey, let’s make this about Trump wanting to have the largest audience during debates somehow bad.

  46. Catherbo says:

    It was me. I confess. I did it. I called the Debate people over a year ago before the presidential nominees were ever selected and told them to schedule two of the debates against the two NFL games most likely to make Republicans for Trump change the channel. They had a big meeting and everyone agreed that this would be the best way to win the presidetial election even though we didn’t know at the time who would be nominated. So they conspired with the networks and all the other Democrats that they employ to make it happen. It is true that I am a Democrat and I support Hillary Clinton. Goodness Gracious!

  47. kenfurman46 says:

    Trump is a psychopath.

    • Dave Porter says:

      and what is the name you use for an election rigging, lying thief, murdering ,done nothing with their life except screw people democrat like the hildebeest?

    • How many billions or even millions are you worth?

      • Enough, Already says:

        And you’d think with all of those billions – or millions – he’d develop a bit of class. But no. He mocks persons with disabilities like a 9-year-old would. The man is contemptible, and anyone voting for him needs to examine their own conscience…or lack of one. He should just do the debates as scheduled; he is a “presidential” candidate after all.

      • Maggie says:

        Yup. No one who is rich has ever been a bad person.

    • Joan says:

      It is true. People watch NFL over the Presidential debate. Trump is right it should be changed on a Thursday night. Not the same night as NFL. This is not fair to The Ameircan People who want to watch the debate

      • Al B. says:

        I’m thinking you must be a CON MAN DON supporter and one that he loves, uneducated! Ever heard of Thursday night Football. Football isn’t fit too be watched until the Baseball playoffs and world series is over anyway. I’m hearing, somebody said and I got a letter sent to me that say’s that I really don’t want to debate her because then AMERICA will see that I brought a knife to a gun fight and why I LOVE the uneducated so much, it’s because I am: signed CON MAN DON

      • Bob Lincoln says:

        Really? An NFL GAME is more important than watching the debates? How about recording one or the other. I vote for recording the game. Electing a president is way more important than watching over paid children play a GAME. Shows where your priorities are.

      • Gayle says:

        Not fair? You are an adult presumably, and surely you can make an adult decision when faced with the choices. It’s called life!

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