Chris Wallace: Biden Hiding from Media, ‘Not Available’ for Questions
Fox News anchor asks why Biden isn't doing interviews
Fox News host Chris Wallace, who last week conducted a tough interview with President Donald Trump, said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was “not available” for interview according to his team.
Wallace told Fox News anchor Bret Baier:
“The fact is, the president is out there. He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour; he took all the questions," Wallace said.
"You can like his answers or dislike them but he had answers and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure,” as Forbes reported.
Wallace, who has frequently interviewed Biden since the beginning of March, said:
“We’ll keep asking every week.”
In Trump’s interview with Wallace, the subject of interviewing with Biden comes up:
Trump: You know how many times I have been written off? Do you know how many times I’ve been written off?
Wallace: I’ve done some of it myself, Sir.
Trump: My whole life –
Wallace: I’m not doing it this time.
Trump: Don’t do it because –
Wallace: But how crushing would it be?
Trump: And you know why I won’t lose, because the country, in the end, they’re not going to have a man who – who’s shot. He’s shot, he’s mentally shot. Let him come out of his basement, go around, I’ll make four or five speeches a day, I’ll be interviewed by you, I’ll be interviewed by the worst killers that hate my – my guts. They hate my guts. There’s nothing they can ask me that I won’t give them a proper answer to. Some people will like it, some people won’t like it.
Wallace: I agree with that.
Trump: But look –
Wallace: You answer the questions.
Trump: Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say mommy, mommy, please take me home.
Wallace: Well we’ve asked him for an interview, sir.
Trump: He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent.
McClatchy’s Dave Catanese wrote of Biden’s team:
“The communications shop, run by Kate Bedingfield, is guided by a focus on what matters to real voters — who like Biden, are older and more moderate — even as pundits cast doubts."
"Local TV interviews and nightly news broadcasts are prioritized over cable television and Twitter.”
Bedingfield is the Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for Biden.
CBS News White House reporter Kathryn Watson tweeted in response to Biden not being available:
“Trump sat down with interviewer extraordinaire Chris Wallace. Why can’t Biden do the same? Wallace is tough but fair."
"And obviously he’s not trying to spin things in favor of Trump, despite his network’s inclinations overall.”
Trump sat down with interviewer extraordinaire Chris Wallace. Why can’t Biden do the same? https://t.co/p3tXBpkT9l— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 26, 2020