David Muir Will Co-Host ABC's Presidential Debate — Is He Democrat or Republican?

"Our job is to call out equal-opportunity hypocrisy on both sides to make sure we’re holding Republicans accountable and Democrats accountable."

Sarah Kester - Author

May 16 2024, Published 10:37 p.m. ET

David Muir attends the 2022 ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 10, 2022
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When the second presidential debate airs on Sept. 10, 2024, as part of the preparation for the general election in November, all eyes will be on Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

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But with ABC News anchor David Muir moderating the event alongside Linsey Davis, people have some questions. Namely, what are David Muir’s political beliefs? Is he a Democrat or a Republican?

David Muir visits The Empire State Building to celebrate the 40th season of ABC's "20/20" on Sept. 29, 2017
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What are David Muir’s political beliefs?

Since it's David’s job to remain impartial, he keeps his political cards close to his chest. He has been the news anchor for ABC’s World News Tonight for several years. Throughout his career, he has traveled around the world to interview notable politicians and public figures and has moderated presidential debates before.

When David interviewed Trump following his 2017 presidential inauguration, he vocalized the journalistic objectivity he strictly follows.

"I think the American people are bombarded with information from all directions, all day long," he said. "Our job every single night is to call out equal-opportunity hypocrisy on both sides to make sure we’re holding Republicans accountable and Democrats accountable, that we’re holding the president accountable for promises made."

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There is speculation that David Muir is a Democrat.

David may keep quiet on his political beliefs, but that won’t stop people from speculating. Many believe that he’s a Democrat because he works for ABC, which is known for having a left-leaning bias.

Being a news anchor has always been his childhood dream. “When I was a 12-year-old boy, I’d play with my friends after school, but I’d always excuse myself to go in and watch the news at 6 p.m. I didn’t care. I thought Peter Jennings was the James Bond of evening news,” he told People.

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When are the presidential debates?

The first debate kicks off on June 27. It's hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash in Atlanta. As of now, no audience will be in attendance.

The second debate, hosted by ABC, airs on September 10. So far, there is no word on where the debate will take place. However, it is said to be in a studio.

The news of the hosts comes after the Biden campaign announced that they wouldn't participate in traditional debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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Instead, the team is interested in doing network-sponsored events that are happening earlier than the proposed schedule.

“I’ve received and accepted an invitation from @CNN for a debate on June 27. Over to you, Donald. As you said: anywhere, any time, any place,” Biden said in a post on Twitter.

Trump accepted the invite by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “The answer is yes, I will accept," he said.

Both Biden and Trump later announced that they had accepted another invitation from ABC to hold a second debate on September 10.

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