2nd local radio host says they were asked questions before Biden interview

Ingram said he was asked five questions, but ended up asking four.

“I didn’t have a chance to ask him everything I wanted to ask,” he said.

Ingram is the second interviewer to say they were given questions to ask the president by Biden staff this week. Earlier today, another local radio host who interviewed Biden this week told CNN she was given questions to ask Biden for the interview.

“We do not condition interviews on whether or not we accept these questions, and hosts are always free to ask the questions they believe will best inform their listeners,” Biden’s campaign told ABC News on Saturday.

Ingram told ABC he didn’t necessarily see anything wrong with the practice. “To think that I would have the opportunity to ask a question to the president of the United States, I think, is a little bit more than anyone would expect,” he said.

He went on to say that he was grateful that he got to interview Biden at all.

“The fact that they gave me this opportunity definitely meant a lot to me,” Ingram said.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, the host of WURD’s “The Source,” said earlier Saturday on CNN that Biden officials had given her a list of eight questions ahead of their interview with Biden.

“The questions were sent to me for approval and I approved them,” she said.

“I was asked multiple questions — eight in total,” she continued. “And the four that were chosen were the ones that I approved.”

In response to Lawful-Sanders, Biden campaign spokesperson Lauren Hitt said in a statement that it is not “unusual” for interviewees to share topics they would rather have. She noted that Lawful-Sanders was “free” to ask questions as she saw fit. She also noted that it was the campaign that sent the questions, not the White House, as other reports have alleged.

“It is not at all unusual for interviewees to share topics they would rather have. These questions were relevant to the news of the day — the President was asked about his performance in the debate and what he had meant to Black Americans,” the statement said.

“We do not condition interviews on the acceptance of these questions, and hosts are always free to ask whatever questions they think will best inform their listeners. In addition to these interviews, the President also participated in a press conference and an interview with ABC yesterday. Americans have had several opportunities to see him unscripted since the debate.”

A source familiar with Biden’s booking operation told ABC News that going forward, they will no longer suggest questions for interviewers.

“While interview hosts have always been free to ask any questions they want, we will no longer be suggesting questions going forward.”

Another local radio host, Sherwin Hughes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said that when he interviewed Biden last month, the White House didn’t send him any questions to ask, and he said there were no strings attached to the interviews — “none of that,” he told ABC News.

He said beforehand that he and the White House had discussed general topics he wanted to discuss during the interview, including the Affordable Care Act, and that the White House had relayed “messaging points they wanted to communicate,” including how Biden differs from Trump.

Darian Morgan, who goes by the moniker “Big Tigger” on Atlanta’s V-103, interviewed Biden in May and told ABC News he had been sent “sample questions” but was “never given a guideline” to follow.

“They did send me some sample questions, but there was certainly no absolute guideline that I had to stick to those questions,” Morgan told ABC News.

Morgan said the process wasn’t much different from other interviews he’s done and that it’s “not an unusual practice.”

“In my past interviewing elected officials, a lot of people came to the conclusion that they liked doing that,” he said.

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