Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says that only a hurricane or natural disaster would stop him from attending this fall's presidential debates, saying, ''I expect to do all three of them.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took reporters' questions on his plane after attending events in Ohio on Monday (September 5). A reporter asked Trump what would make him change his mind about attending the upcoming presidential debates. Trump replied, "Hurricanes, natural disaster. No I expect to do all three of them." "I look forward to the debates. I mean I think it's an important element of what we're doing. I think we have an obligation to do the debates," said Trump while sitting beside his running mate, Mike Pence. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates 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. Trump and other Republicans said they should be changed because of conflicts with National Football League games. In a statement, the commission said the chosen dates "will serve the American public well," adding that it was impossible to avoid all sporting events when working out the schedule. It said the debates had never been rescheduled for such conflicts.