Biden and Trump try to elbow Kennedy out of debates — and the 2024 race

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are attempting to sideline independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with their one-on-one debates.

On Wednesday, the two men agreed to appear onstage twice before the November election, once in June and again in September. But the terms to qualify, set by the two host networks, CNN and ABC News, could deny Kennedy a podium. The Biden and Trump campaigns reportedly back-channeled to cut out the commission that traditionally sets the terms of presidential debates.

Despite polling consistently in the double digits, Kennedy is not thought to have a real chance of winning the presidency in November, in part because he faces an uphill battle to appear on the ballot in all 50 states.

But Kennedy, the former environmental lawyer and son
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