Trump Ignores virtual debate with Biden. President Trump refuses to participate in a debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates stresses that the second presidential debate would be virtual for both candidates’ safety.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would participate in a virtual debate.
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Trump in a statement says:
“I’m not going to waste my time with a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about.
“You sit behind a computer and do a debate, that is ridiculous,” Trump said.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced on Thursday morning that the second Trump-Biden encounter, scheduled for Oct. 15, “will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”
“The town meeting participants and the moderator, it added, would be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, notes;
“There is no need for this unilateral declaration,” referring to the change to the debate format.
“The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without cancelling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head,” said Stepien, who also recently tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead,” Stepien said.
The presidential candidates met for their first debate in the race in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 29, two days before the incumbent tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Biden has undergone multiple tests since Trump’s diagnosis, with each one returning negative.
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Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said on Thursday that the Democrat intended to take part in the virtual debate next week.
“Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Frank Fahrenkopf, head of the CPD, told CNN that the panel spoke with both campaigns “just before” it announced the decision to hold the Miami debate virtually but did not consult with them about the decision.
Fahrenkopf said that the decision had the support of the Cleveland Clinic, the commission’s health advisers.
He also acknowledging that it was fully within Trump’s right to decline to debate.
“There is no law requiring any presidential candidate to debate,” he explained, adding:
“So it is up to every candidate to decide whether they want to debate or not.”
“I feel perfect. There’s nothing wrong,” Trump says.