Politics, 2024 Election

Is the June 27 Presidential Debate a Waste of Time?

An intelligent, civil exchange of ideas will not happen

John Dean
Dean’s List
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4 min readJun 18, 2024

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When President Biden and Mr. Trump take the stage later this month in Atlanta, I will watch. I am curious about what might happen when the two candidates meet face to face, but also a bit ashamed. The debate, if it takes place at all, is likely to be a farce. (I still expect Donald Trump to find a reason not to participate, especially because the event could convince viewers that while he may be slightly younger than Biden, he is crazier).

Last week a friend asked me what big issues would be discussed at the debate. I was about to answer border security, abortion, crime, and inflation, but answered, “I will be surprised if any issue is intelligently discussed.” My friend nodded in agreement.

Trump is not an “issues man.” He offers few details on issues in speeches and social media posts. He addresses things like cutting taxes, shutting down the borders, raising tariffs to protect jobs, and, of course, fighting “wokism,” but never with details.

Project 25

Some suggest Trump has detailed plans corresponding to his keystone issues in a publication called Project 25, but those plans are not his…

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