Up for debate: Why Biden and Trump both think they’ve won the first messaging fight

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to a pair of debates ahead of the November election, and both camps are bragging they came out on top in the contest.

Trump was pushing for debates against Biden, early and often, for most of the year, even before he had locked up the GOP nomination. Biden’s campaign had said there would be debates but did not delve into detailed demands until Wednesday. By noon on Wednesday, Biden and Trump had agreed to debates on CNN in June and ABC in September, in line with the requirements Biden had set in a video released earlier in the day.

Trump had strong fighting words for Biden after accepting his terms, saying the president was the “WORST debater” he had ever faced and to “just tell me
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