Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are feuding over their final TV debate topics.
Mr Trump’s campaign accused organisers of this week’s showdown of helping the Democrat by leaving out foreign policy as a topic.
Biden campaign shot back that Mr Trump was trying to avoid questions about his response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Biden has a commanding lead nationally in opinion polls with two weeks to go until the election.
But the former Vice President has a smaller lead in the handful of key US states that will ultimately decide the outcome.
The president’s camp sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday calling for debate topics to be adjusted for the final primetime duel this Thursday.
Bill Stepien, Trump campaign manager, said in the letter that the campaigns had already agreed foreign policy would be the focus of the third debate.
Last week, the topics were announced by moderator and NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker: American families, climate change, national security, race in America and leadership.
On Monday afternoon, during a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona, President Trump described Ms Welker as a “radical Democrat” and said she would be “no good”.
Mr Stepien accused the Democratic challenger of being “desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record” and the commission of trying to “insulate Biden from his own history”.
He wrote: “The Commission’s pro-Biden antics have turned the entire debate season into a fiasco and it is little wonder why the public has lost faith in its objectivity.”
Trump campaign manager also accused Mr Biden of trying to avoid questions over reports about purported emails from his son, Hunter Biden, and alleged conflicts of interest.
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