WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris wouldn’t say Friday whether President Joe Biden will participate in general election debates against former President Donald Trump, and she also wouldn’t commit to a vice presidential debate herself.

In an interview with NBC News chief White House correspondent, Peter Alexander, Harris said she hasn’t spoken to the president about the possibility of him debating Trump, but said it would be a stark “split screen.”

“On the one hand, you’ve got Joe Biden — someone who is competent, who is principled, who has accomplished more than many presidents even hoped for … on infrastructure, on climate, on health care,” Harris said. “On the other side of that split screen, you’ve got the former president, who glorifies dictators and has said he’ll be a dictator on day one. Someone who has said that he will weaponize the Department of Justice against his political enemies. Someone who said he’s proud of the fact that he had picked three members of the United States Supreme Court, who took a constitutional right from the women of America to make decisions about their own body.”

“The split screen is clear,” she said, adding that the choice of debating Trump will be “decided upon soon.”

Asked if she would commit to participating in a debate this fall against the Republican vice presidential nominee, who has not yet been chosen, Harris said: “We just got through the State of the Union. And I’m just so excited about what we accomplished last night and our president.”

Watch the full interview with Harris on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Trump said Wednesday — a day after the Super Tuesday primaries — that he would debate Biden “anytime, anywhere, anyplace.” The former president had also expressed the same thing in early February, saying he wanted to debate Biden “immediately.”

“Immediately?” Biden told reporters at the time when asked whether he would agree to Trump’s challenge. “Well, if I were him, I’d want to debate me, too. He’s got nothing else to do.”

In 2022, however, the Republican National Committee decided to withdraw from presidential debates set up by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. The RNC said it would require GOP presidential candidates to instead pledge to only participate in debates sanctioned by the Republican Party.

Trump said that the commission was “corrupt,” claiming someone turned off his microphone during a general election debate in 2016. The organization decided during the 2020 campaign that it would cut off Trump’s microphone while Biden was answering a question, and vice versa.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced last year the dates and locations for three 2024 general election debates: Sept. 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos; Oct. 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg; and Oct. 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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