Trump-Biden Debate to Air on CNN June 27


CNN will host the first debate between President Biden and former President Trump on June 27.

The debate will air live at 9pm ET from CNN’s Atlanta studios. No audience will be present to “ensure candidates may maximize the time allotted in the debate,” according to CNN. Moderators for the debate have not yet been announced. 

The debate is set to air live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Max and CNN.com.

Speaking at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront Wednesday, Mark Thompson chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide, said he had reached out to both candidates this morning. 

“Earlier this morning I wrote to President Biden and former President Donald Trump inviting both of them to take part in a presidential debate to be broadcast and streamed on CNN from Atlanta on the 27th of June. And while this upfront has been taking place, we’ve received word from both candidates that they’ve accepted the invitation,” Mark Thompson chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide. 

“When people have something important to say, they say it on CNN,” he added. 

The news follows some campaigning between the two parties. On Wednesday, Biden released a video in which he reiterated that he would debate Trump two times, while nodding to the former president’s ongoing criminal trial. 

“Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020 and since then he hasn’t shown up for debate. Now he’s acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day pal. I’ll even do it twice. So let’s pick the dates, Donald. I hear you’re free on Wednesdays,” Biden said in the video posted on X. 

Biden had previously informed the Commission on Presidential Debates that the president would not participate in its previously scheduled fall debates, and proposed instead two debates hosted by news organizations. 

Alex Weprin contributed to this report.



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