President Donald Trump said he would take part in a proposed hourslong debate moderated by popular podcast host Joe Rogan.
Rogan, fresh off a major deal with Spotify that includes shifting many of his videos and podcasts to the platform, proposed during a podcast released last week that he would moderate a special debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The debate would last for four hours, have no live audience, and be streamed live with no editing, Rogan said.
“First of all, I’d want no one else in the room. Just the three of us. And you would have to stream it live, so no one can edit it. And I would want them in there for hours,” Rogan said.
Former mixed martial arts fighter Tim Kennedy, who was on the podcast, said, “And ideas: We get to hear what they actually believe in, what they’re going to do, who they’re going to appoint, what judges are going to be coming in, what policies, from gun control to—all of it.”
“We should have that,” Rogan said. “This is 2020. We have the ability to have that.” He then speculated about whether Biden could handle such a debate.
“It would be the best way to find out, but I don’t think that Biden can handle it. I mean, people get mad at me for saying this—I think there’s something wrong. And I don’t think there’s something wrong because I’m guessing or because I’m pro-Trump. I’ve seen him fall apart. He’s had multiple brain surgeries,” said the podcast host, who has said he will vote for Trump in November.
Trump on Sept. 14 said he would take part in the proposed debate.
The Biden campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Thus far, Biden and Trump are scheduled to debate three times. The first debate is planned for Sept. 29.
The Commission on Presidential Debates, a self-described nonpartisan nonprofit that handles scheduling and details for presidential debates, set up the debates. The commission announced the moderators earlier this month.
Trump’s campaign pushed the commission to schedule a fourth presidential debate, but the commission declined.