Trump Says Yes to Debates, But ‘Certain Moderators Would Be Unacceptable’

By Mark Joyella 

Donald Trump says he’s ready to debate Hillary Clinton, but he can’t fully commit to the agreed three presidential debates until he knows who the moderators are, among other issues.

“I will absolutely do three debates,” Trump told Time magazine Tuesday. “I want to debate very badly. But I have to see the conditions.”

Trump says he might attempt to “renegotiate” the debates–set for Sept. 26, Oct. 9 and Oct. 19–depending on who is chosen as moderator:

“I would say that certain moderators would be unacceptable, absolutely,” Trump said. “I did very well in the debates on the primaries. According to the polls, I won all of them. So I look forward to the debates. But, yeah, I want to have fair moderators … I will demand fair moderators.”

TVNewser reached out to the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning, requesting to know when the moderators would be revealed. We have not heard back. For the last presidential cycle, the debate moderators were named on Aug. 13, 2012.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, CNN’s Candy Crowley and CBS’s Bob Schieffer were chosen to moderate the three presidential debates between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, along with one vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.