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Donald Trump prefers football over presidential debates

Donald Trump prefers football over presidential debatesRepublican candidate Donald Trump is seemed wants more attention to his persona ahead of the elections. This time he is unhappy with the dates set for this fall's presidential debates.

His rival Hillary Clinton countered that the schedule was decided long ago and vowed to show up regardless of his objections.

Trump said the dates should be changed because of conflicts with National Football League games: "I think two of the three are against the NFL, so I'm not thrilled with that."

On contrary, Clinton confirmed her presence just days after the end of the Democratic National Convention: "I'm going to be there. That's all I'll say,"

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which belongs to no party, has scheduled three televised debates ahead of the Nov. 8 election - Monday, Sept. 26, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The dates were set almost a year ago.

The CPD “started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates,” its statement said.

“The CPD selects the debate dates a year in advance in order for the television networks to have maximum lead time and predictability in scheduling these extremely important civic education forums. The CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well,” it continued.

Also Trump tweeted on Friday that Clinton was "trying to rig the debates" so that fewer people would watch, suggested that his rival wanted the debates to be held "when nobody's home" to watch.

On question if Trump would participate in the debates, his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, said the Republican candidate wants to take part but also seeks "the maximum audience."
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