Four hours. No audience. Just President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Would you listen to (or watch) that debate?
That’s the set up envisioned by UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan. If you haven’t heard of Rogan, you soon will. He used to host the number two-ranked podcast on Apple, then Spotify paid him a reported $100 million to change platforms.
Rogan said he would vote for Trump after Biden beat Sanders in the primaries. Rogan is known for hosting in-depth interviews and has an engaging, brash style. It was on his show that Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk took the opportunity to light up a joint.
The move was legal at the time, but it wouldn’t be today, because Rogan moved out of California in August and settled in Austin, Texas, where the tax bite on his rich new deal will be a touch less painful.
As for the debate offer, Joe Rogan was actually appearing on Tim Kennedy’s podcast when he made the offer. Social media immediately blew up with people wondering if Biden could make it for the full four hours.