Although both Republican and Democratic presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have tentatively agreed to participate in three presidential debates, the GOP candidate is now signaling he wants final approval over debate moderators.
Trump told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren he is enthusiastic about the opportunity to face Hillary Clinton, but wants “fair” moderators.
“That’s all I’m looking for,” Trump added, and followed with:
“We have a lot of very unfair people treating us, as Republicans and as conservatives. If you’re a Republican and a conservative, you get very unfair treatment.”
Making media bias a central theme of his campaign, the New York businessman has repeatedly assailed the media and members of the press for favoring Clinton or distorting his words.
Mr. Trump had previously objected to two debate dates citing conflict with prime-time professional sporting events.
“Probably Hillary Clinton would like that, but I don’t think they should be opposite NFL games, and I want to see a fair moderator and whatever else we’ll look at,” Trump explained expanding to debate format after questioning moderators.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has scheduled three meetings between the two presidential nominees for September 26, October 9 and October 19, which may also include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
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