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Bob Dole claims no Republicans on debate commission support Trump

Former GOP Senator Bob Dole (R- Kan.) claimed on Twitter Friday that none of the Republicans on the Commission on Presidential Debates support . 

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine,” Dole tweeted, saying he was concerned that none of them supported Trump.  “A biased Debate Commission is unfair.” 

Dole’s tweet comes as the president and his allies have repeatedly accused the commission, which describes itself as nonpartisan, of trying to assist Democratic presidential nominee . The claims arise as the commission has sought to make several changes to presidential debates. 

Members of the commission’s board of directors include former GOP Sens. John Danforth (Mo.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine). All of the living former presidents serve as honorary co-chairs.

Most recently, Trump said Thursday that the commission’s decision to make the Oct. 15 presidential debate a virtual event was a way to protect Biden. The decision was made amidst Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. 

Trump campaign manager , who also tested positive for COVID-19, also ripped the decision on Thursday, calling it a “pathetic” effort to “rush to Joe Biden’s defense.” 

The Trump campaign previously made these claims when the commission was looking into changes to impose more order after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and moderator at the first debate. They accused the commission of considering Biden in these adjustments. 

At the time, Stepien claimed that the commission cannot describe itself as “nonpartisan” because certain members of its leadership have contributed to Democrats or expressed criticism of Trump. 

Senior Trump campaign aide Jason Miller had said making changes was “purely a move by the Biden camp and their allies in the CPD.” 

The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment. 



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