“We don’t want any changes,” Jason Miller, senior campaign adviser to Trump, said on a conference call with reporters.
Trump’s deputy campaign manager Max Miller said the Biden campaign was pushing for opening and closing statements and a mute button for candidates ignoring the structure of the debate.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien said it was “not history” for the commission to change the rules after a debate. The president also indicated that he would oppose any changes to the rules.
“Why would I allow the debate committee to change the rules for the second and third debates when I easily won the last time?” Trump asked in a tweet Thursday.
Miller said Trump would always appear in debates, but clarified that the campaign would oppose any attempt to change the rules.
Both campaigns agreed to the format of Tuesday’s debate, which provided for six 15-minute sections in which each candidate had two minutes to answer a question without interruption before starting a back-and-forth.
The 90-minute confrontation sparked widespread criticism of Trump and, to a lesser extent, Biden. The Republican President has repeatedly harassed Biden and questioned his intelligence, while the Democratic nominee called Trump a racist, a liar and the worst president ever.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Debates Committee announced that it would soon announce changes to the format of the debate.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said the former vice president would participate in upcoming debates under rules set by the Debates Committee.
“The only real question that remains is whether the president will start following the rules in the next two debates,” Bates said in an email.
Trump also sparked widespread outrage on Tuesday by refusing to condemn white supremacists. Fox News’ John Roberts asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday if she spoke out against white supremacy in all its forms on behalf of the president, who had told a far-right extremist group to “step back and be ready” during Tuesday’s debate.
McEnany refused to do so, instead reading past quotes from the president and attacking the media for questioning the controversy.
While Biden leads Trump in most national public opinion polls, polls also show the two are neck and neck in several states that could determine the winner of the contest.
More than 2 million voters have already voted, with a wave of early and postal votes expected this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Biden campaign announced Thursday that it will launch in-person prospecting efforts in several battlefield states. It comes as the Trump campaign’s prospecting work has raised concerns among some of Biden’s allies that Republicans outnumber Democrats in voter registration.