Leroy N. Soetoro
2020-10-11 00:58:45 UTC
The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday canceled the second
debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden after the President declined to
do a virtual debate despite concerns over his Covid-19 diagnosis, a source
familiar with the plans told CNN.
The cancellation is the culmination of a furious 48-hour back-and-forth
between the commission and both campaigns and means what would have been
the third debate in Nashville on October 22 will likely be the final
meeting between the two candidates. The Wall Street Journal was first to
report on the commission's decision.
The commission, with the backing of their health advisers, announced on
Thursday morning that -- because Trump tested positive for the coronavirus
-- the debate that was scheduled for Miami would be held virtually, with
the two candidates appearing from remote locations. Trump swiftly rejected
that plan, saying he would not show up and setting off a series of events
that put the future of all general election debates into question.
In response to Trump's cancellation, a Biden spokeswoman swiftly said that
they would have agreed to a virtual format for next Thursday's contest,
but because the President had seemingly bailed, they would book another
format for the former vice president to take questions. And they did just
that when, later in the day, ABC News announced they would be hosting a
town hall with the former vice president.
"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,"
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said Friday in a statement. "It's
shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get
to ask the questions -- but it's no surprise."
The Trump campaign, in response to their candidate backing out of the
debate, issued three statements on Thursday that slammed the commission,
pushed the Biden campaign to agree to an in-person debate and said they
would be willing to push the October 15 debate back a week to October 22
and then move the third debate to October 29, just days before the
November 3 election.
But Biden's campaign rejected their proposal, with campaign spokeswoman
Kate Bedingfield saying in response, "Donald Trump doesn't make the debate
schedule; the debate commission does."
The Trump campaign has argued that because the President's physician, Navy
Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, has cleared him for travel, the commission should
move the debate to an in-person setting.
"There is therefore no medical reason why the Commission on Presidential
Debates should shift the debate to a virtual setting, postpone it, or
otherwise alter it in any way," Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said
in a statement.
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