Biden, Harris can’t seem to answer whether POTUS will debate Trump: ‘We’ll get to that…’

With the general election all but set heading toward November, the White House remained unprepared to commit to what was once a given.

“We’ll get to that…”

(Video: ABC News)

Despite the hyperbole from Democrats issuing dire warnings about the “death of democracy,” they’ve continued to embody the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” After nationwide efforts to keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot, neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris would commit to debates in the fall.

“We’ll get to that at some point and we’ll deal with that,” Harris told ABC News correspondent Mary Bruce as she made a media circuit Friday with her reactions to the State of the Union.

The vice president had been asked, “But given what you argue is at stake here, will you take the chance to show voters more of what they saw last night to take on Trump directly in debate?”

“But the point is, right now, on this day after the State of the Union, I think the president laid down the facts for the American people in terms of what’s at stake. And I thought he did an extraordinary job,” Harris said.

Her caged response came as Biden qualified what it would take for him to appear on stage with his opponent as he told reporters en route to an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Depends on his behavior.”

With Super Tuesday clearing a path for his third consecutive Republican Presidential nomination, Trump took to Truth Social on Wednesday to make his intentions clear about facing off against his Democratic Party opponent even with anticipated bias.

“It is important for the Good of our Country, that Joe Biden and I Debate Issues that are so vital to America, and the American People. Therefore, I am calling for Debates, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE!” wrote the GOP leader. “The Debates can be run by the Corrupt DNC, or their Subsidiary, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). I look forward to receiving a response. Thank you for your attention to this matter!”

While Trump had faced criticism for declining to participate in the Republican primary debates arguing his record and lead in the polls negated the need, a point the left endeavored to use to their advantage, many recognize that the general election is different.

Still, Harris not only refused to speak to a presidential debate series, she wouldn’t even commit to her own appearance on stage against an as-yet-unnamed running mate for the Republican ticket

Joining NBC News on Friday, the vice president replied when asked about such a matchup, “We just got through the State of the Union. And I am just so excited about what we accomplished last night and our president.”

Likewise, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pushed back on questioning from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy about potential debates, initially telling him, “That’s something for the campaign to speak to.”

Hedged responses all around from the administration only fueled social media suggestions that Democrats remained concerned about Biden’s ability to make it through a traditional debate without issue, or the vice president’s ability for that matter.

Kevin Haggerty

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