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Commission cancels second debate after Trump refuses to go virtual


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For those who have been trying ahead to seeing President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden shout over one another like two geriatric playground bullies once more subsequent week, I’ve some dangerous information.

The Fee on Presidential Debates announced Friday that it’s canceling the second presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 15 after Trump’s refusal to take part remotely. The controversy was initially set to happen in Miami. Nonetheless, the fee on Thursday mentioned it was switching to a digital format for well being and security causes in mild of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and, a lot extra importantly, Trump’s personal positive covid-19 diagnosis final week following a super spreader occasion on the White Home that contaminated a number of White Home aides and GOP politicians in attendance.

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s crew shortly decried this modification (with out proof, per his ordinary M.O.) as a menace to the integrity of all future normal election debates and a ploy to provide Biden the higher hand one way or the other. Whereas Biden initially agreed to take part remotely, after the president ostensibly bailed out on the digital showdown, a marketing campaign spokesperson mentioned Biden would, understandably, not be collaborating within the city hall-style debate alone, according to Politico.

“It’s now obvious there will probably be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will flip its consideration to preparations for the ultimate presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” the fee mentioned in an announcement Friday. That showdown’s at present set to happen in Nashville, Tennessee, and given how poorly the Trump administration responded to the concept of a digital debate this time, I don’t suspect the fee will push for that choice once more.

Biden’s marketing campaign condemned the president’s refusal as “shameful” however unsurprising in an announcement Friday. In lieu of the talk, he plans to discipline questions from voters in a city corridor hosted by ABC News subsequent week.

“Vice President Biden appears ahead to creating his case to the American folks about find out how to overcome this pandemic, restore American management and our alliances on this planet, and convey the American folks collectively,” Biden marketing campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates mentioned Friday per CNN. “It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the one debate wherein the voters get to ask the questions—however it’s no shock.”

In the meantime, Trump’s crew maintains that there’s “no medical motive” to proceed with a digital debate regardless of all evidence to the contrary. His marketing campaign’s advised suspending the city corridor till Oct 22., the unique date of the ultimate debate, and pushing the ultimate debate to Oct. 29, simply 5 days earlier than the election.

“There is no such thing as a medical motive to cease the October 15 debate in Miami from continuing as scheduled, because the President will probably be wholesome and able to debate,” marketing campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh mentioned in a press statement on Friday. “It’s time for the biased fee to cease defending Biden and stopping voters from listening to from the 2 candidates for president.”

Having apparently not realized his lesson the primary time round, Trump additionally reportedly plans to host one other White Home occasion this weekend and has even advised holding marketing campaign occasions rather than the Oct. 15 debate, which means much more plague rallies might be on the horizon.

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Alyse Stanley