US election 2020: Trump says he’s up for a presidential debate… hosted by Joe Rogan
Donald Trump has said he is willing to take part in a presidential debate hosted by the comedian and podcast star Joe Rogan.
The idea was mooted by Rogan on a recent episode of his show, which frequently ranks near the top of global podcast charts.
“First of all, I want no one else in the room, just the three of us,” he said.
“And you’d have to stream it live so no one can edit it, and I would want them in there for hours.
“If they wanted to do that – they both wanted to come here in Austin, sit down and have a debate – I would 100% do it.”
Rogan’s guest on the podcast, MMA fighter Tim Kennedy, tweeted about the idea and asked “who wants this?”, to which the US president replied: “I do!”
Three debates are already scheduled between Mr Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden, with the first on 29 September in Cleveland.
A podcast debate would be a break from tradition, but could see the two candidates reach a new audience.
However, Mr Biden has so far not responded to the suggestion.
That may be because Rogan – who previously backed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination – has been scathing of the 77-year-old.
The broadcaster has previously said Mr Trump would “eat that guy alive” – and also compared Mr Biden to “having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods”.
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Earlier this year, the stand-up comedian signed an exclusive deal with Spotify believed to be worth $100m (£77m).
The tie-up was criticised by some who said musicians on the service would have to get more than 20 billion listens to get the same payout.
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