Daily US Times: The second debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is canceled by the Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday after the President declined to do a virtual debate despite concerns over his Covid-19 diagnosis, organizers said.
The announcement came after of a furious 48-hour back-and-forth between the commission and both Trump and Biden campaigns and means what would have been the third debate in Nashville on October 22 will likely be the final debate between the two candidates.
“It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” the Commission on Presidential Debate said in a statement:
On Thursday, the commission, announced with the backing of their health advisers that — because President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus — the second debate that was scheduled for Miami would be held virtually, with the two candidates appearing from remote locations. The Republican President swiftly rejected that plan, saying he would not show up in a virtual debate and setting off a series of events that put the future of all general election debates into question.
After Trump rejected the plan, a spokeswoman for Joe Biden swiftly said that they would have agreed to a virtual format for next Thursday’s meeting, but because the President had seemingly denied, they would book another format for the former vice president to take questions. And the Biden campaign did just that when, ABC News announced later in the day that they would be hosting a town hall with the former vice president.
In a statement, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said Friday: “Vice President Biden looks forward to making his case to the American people about how to overcome this pandemic, restore American leadership and our alliances in the world, and bring the American people together.”
“It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions — but it’s no surprise.”
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