Popular podcaster and MMA commentator Joe Rogan has offered to host a 4-hour live debate between US president Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

The offer came during an interview with former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy, during which Rogan said: “I would want [to host the debate]. First of all, I’d want no one else in the room. Just the three of us.”

“And you would have to stream it live so no one could edit it. And I’d want them in there for hours. We should have that…if they wanted to do that, if they both wanted to come here to Austin, and sit down and have a debate, I would one hundred percent do it.”

Since then, President Trump has agreed, but Biden has not yet responded, leading some Trump supporters to speculate that the Democratic campaign wants to avoid an on-stage confrontation. 

Biden has denied this, saying that he “can hardly wait” to debate Trump.

The two have already agreed to three debates this autumn, which will be televised globally, and will total four and a half hours. Rogan’s podcast would be an atypical forum for the Presidential race, but the podcaster has a huge audience, with his interviews totalling 2.6 billion views on YouTube alone.

However, many Biden supporters have taken to twitter to denounce Rogan as “far-right”, “racist” and “biased” as a justification for Biden not accepting the offer.

 

Rogan, who hosts one of the biggest podcasts in the world, the Joe Rogan Experience, has said previously that he would rather vote for Trump than Biden. However, he was initially a supporter of Bernie Sanders.

He is viewed by many of his listeners as a neutral platform, having interviewed figures as leftwing as Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, and Socialist political rapper Immortal Technique. He’s also spoken to libertarian InfoWars founder Alex Jones, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.