It was reported Tuesday that the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders campaigns were having a back-and-forth over the format of the CNN-moderated debate Sunday night: should they be standing at podiums, sitting at a table, or should it be held town-hall-style?
— New York Post (@nypost) March 9, 2020
Members of Sen. Sanders’ (I-Vt.) team felt frustrated after a Friday call with CNN, which is moderating the March 15 debate, over their proposed new format for the debate, which has the two candidates seated instead of standing, according to Politico.
The outlet reports that Sanders’ campaign staffers felt that sitting would give Biden “too much of a break” in their first debate since becoming the final two frontrunners.
“Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?” Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver told the outlet.
A spokesperson for Biden said that “the problem for the Sanders campaign is not the staging of the debate, but rather, the weakness of Senator Sanders’ record and ideas.” Sure his ideas are weak, but we know Sanders can hold his own in a one-on-one debate; we’re not so sure about Biden anymore.
Jonah Goldberg has a better idea than a table or town hall:
Sanders and Biden should hold the debate on a park bench while feeding pigeons.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) March 11, 2020
While yelling at teenagers.
— Josh Rubin (@jrubin) March 11, 2020
Except Bernie doesn't believe in charity so the government would be expected to provide him with the pigeon food.
— Tony Hartford (@thartf) March 11, 2020
It wouldn't work. Sanders would yell at the pigeons, expecting them to form a breadline. "You will all get bread, that's why bread-lines are good!"
Biden would start absentmindedly eating the bread.
— (((Jabb3r0cky))) (@jabb3r0cky) March 11, 2020
No way, it should be at a pond feeding ducks. More wholesome than pigeons.
— Red Dragon Inn (@RedDragonInn13) March 11, 2020
The pigeons will be too bored to stay nearby.
— Dave Stone (@DMStoneNY) March 11, 2020
— Mo Mo (@molratty) March 11, 2020
Grumpy Old Men 3.
— Sam D. (@stripeyspots) March 11, 2020
Or in box seats in a theater… pic.twitter.com/wV4xTnLouL
— Winston Smith (@fivewincs) March 11, 2020
There is a nice spot right across from Trump Towers in Manhattan. A Starbucks nearby and some really nice restaurants. Let's do this.
Or while playing pinochle
— Illuminati Recruitment Service (@IlluminatiServ) March 11, 2020
Or playing chess
— Jonathan Malcolm (@in_ardua_tendit) March 11, 2020
— Michael Grover (@michaelwgrover) March 11, 2020
— TonyWendice (@tonywendice1954) March 11, 2020
At McDonalds over black coffee and French fries at 9:30 am.
— Todd Stump (@toddwstump) March 11, 2020
? With Simon & Garfunkel’s “Old Friends” playing.
— MorrisOcean1 (@morris_ocean1) March 11, 2020
I know this is a joke but I kind of think that’s a good idea
— Brooks Gray (@brooksgray) March 11, 2020
I think they’d just end up talking about how hot Betty Boop was.
— Mikey B (@mikeymcburk) March 11, 2020
David French asks, why give Bernie free swings at the nominee by having a debate Sunday? https://t.co/K8uRGnc0Ll
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 11, 2020