Kansas’ former GOP Sen. Bob Dole charged Friday that the Commission on Presidential Debates is ”biased” because none of its members supports President Donald Trump.
In a tweet, the 97-year-old retired politician and statesman said the commission’s membership mix is skewed against Trump.
”The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine,” Dole tweeted.
He added he was concerned none of the commission members supported Trump, writing: ”A biased Debate Commission is unfair.”
The complaint is the latest in a series of accusations by Trump and his allies that the commission, billed as nonpartisan, is trying to help Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, The Hill noted.
On Thursday, Trump, who contracted COVID-19 last week, said a decision to make Oct. 15 a virtual event was a way to protect Biden. Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, who also tested positive, echoed the charge, calling the move a ”pathetic” effort to ”rush to Joe Biden’s defense,” The Hill reported.
The commission cancelled the Oct. 15 debate on Friday.
Previously, the campaign complained that the commission was looking to impose more order after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and moderator Chris Wallace in the first debate — saying adjustments were done in consideration of Biden, The Hill reported.
Senior Trump campaign aide Jason Miller charged that making changes was ”purely a move by the Biden camp and their allies in the CPD,” The Hill reported.
Members of the commission’s board of directors include former GOP Sens. John Danforth of Missouri and Olympia Snowe of Maine; all of the living former presidents serve as co-chairs, The Hill noted.
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