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NBC Debate Prep & More WaPo C.E.O. News

Meet the Press host Kristen Welker and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and are seen as the most likely co-moderators for the next debate.
Meet the Press host Kristen Welker and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and are seen as the most likely co-moderators for the next debate. Photo: Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
October 6, 2023

Earlier this week, Donald Trump’s advisers called on the Republican National Committee to “immediately cancel” all future G.O.P. debates and “refocus its manpower and money on preventing Democrats’ efforts to steal the 2024 election.” Setting aside the baseless and hypocritical nature of that highly alarmist call to arms, the Trump team’s true intention was likely to try and deny his less popular competitors and would-be cabinet members their democratic right to shout over one another on increasingly dismal live television. 

Trump, of course, is hardly the only one wondering aloud about how long this unmitigated shitshow must go on. He currently leads the field by a 45-point spread, per the latest RealClearPolitics national average, and national interest in the debates seems justifiably on the wane. The Vivekquake is subsiding, Chris Christie’s best material has already been used, and as my Puck partner Peter Hamby recently noted, the Glenn Youngkin mirage is fading.