WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden says he won’t participate in the campaign debate schedule hosted by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

That being said, Biden has challenged Republican Donald Trump to a pair of debates.

“Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020,” Biden posted on X, the site formerly known as Twitter. “Since then, he hasn’t shown up for a debate. Now he’s acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day, pal.”

The Democrat suggested that the two candidates could pick some dates, taking a dig at Trump’s ongoing hush money trial by noting that the Republican is “free on Wednesdays,” the usual day off in the trial.

Biden said Wednesday that Trump lost two debates to him in 2020 and since then, he hasn’t shown up for a debate. For this year, Biden proposes debating Trump twice.

In addition to the post, Biden campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates to say that Biden would not participate in its announced debates, choosing instead to participate in debates hosted by news organizations.

Trump and his team have maintained that they don’t care who hosts the debates, as long as they happen.

The Trump campaign issued a statement on May 1 that they objected to the scheduled debates by the long-standing commission.

The Commission on Presidential Debates was established in 1987 and has since sponsored the cycle of televised presidential election season debates in the U.S. The nonpartisan group receives no funding from the government or political campaigns for its work. The organization set its dates and locations of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate months ago; with its first scheduled presidential debate Sept. 16 at Texas State University.

A number of national news media outlets have urged the two leading candidates to commit to participating in election year debates.

Trump did not participate in any of the Republican National Committee party-hosted debates in the runup to primary season.

The Democratic party did not run primary-based debates this past year.

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