The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has set its dates for the 2020 election. But the Commission has lost all credibility and is no longer useful. In 2012 it selected Democratic partisan Candy Crowley as a moderator. She successfully bullied Mitt Romney into submission, and may have cost him the election. In 2016 uberliberal Anderson Cooper was a moderator, “balanced” by Chris Wallace of Fox News. With this kind of track record, President Trump has no reason to cooperate with the CPD.
He’ll want debates, though. They will give him the chance to expose the radical agenda of the Democrat to the widest possible audience. But if the Democrat refuses to cooperate, and insists on CPD involvement, there won’t be any debates. The elections of 1964, 1968 and 1972 were held without them. The republic survived.
Trump knows television, and he will only agree to a format which suits him. Each candidate could choose a co-moderator, who can then agree to a third, compromise choice. Trump may want Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity. The Democrat has the entire fake media to choose from. Trump was forced to play defense against Clinton in 2016. 2020 will be a different ball game.
“Are you better off than you were four years ago” was a great line for Reagan in 1984. Count on Trump to come up with something even better.