Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten Reacts to First Presidential Debate

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement responding to tonight’s presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump:

“It was agonizing to watch this debate—Joe Biden clearly came prepared to show how he and Kamala Harris will create a better life for all Americans. Donald Trump’s response—his refusal to condemn white supremacy and his other bullying and abusive behavior—demonstrated once again how unfit he is for the presidency. Biden was also the only candidate on stage tonight to stand up for our democratic ideals and affirm the right of the American people to make the decision about who governs them.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.