Trump Says He Won’t Participate in a Virtual Debate

Following last night’s Vice Presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning announced a major change in next week’s, second, scheduled Presidential Debate in Miami.  Whether that debate ever happens is up in the air.

The CPD today announced that the October 15 debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will be held virtually.  The debate is supposed to be done in a town hall format, as opposed to each candidate on stage answering a moderator’s questions.  However, given the President’s recent stay in Walter Reed Hospital for treatment of the coronavirus, and not knowing what the President’s current health status is, even though the President keeps saying he is fine and “feels great,” the Commission obviously has concerns.

This morning on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” the President said he will not participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden, saying, “The Commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us.  I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”

Trump says he will not sit at a computer to debate, calling it “ridiculous.”  His campaign says the CPD is “trying to protect Biden.  Everybody is.”  President Trump says he will hold a rally instead of taking part in a virtual debate next Thursday.

Following the Commission’s announcement, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said he would take part in a virtual debate.  “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.”

Biden, preparing to depart for Arizona this morning said, if the President refuses to debate, he is not sure what he will do.

As for last night’s Vice Presidential debate, it was much more civil than the first Presidential debate.  While Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris didn’t answer every question posed by USA Today’s Susan Page, there was much more information for viewers to digest, although analysts agree, much of the information was not factual.  The majority of those analysts, and the early polling following the debate’s conclusion, had the Vice President winning, or at least reaching a draw.

With national polls currently having Biden in the lead, reaching a draw is not what the Vice President had to do.  But, with one person’s opinion different than another’s, at least voters got to hear the nominees answer questions and make their campaign’s case, rather than trying to hear answers over constant shouting and interruptions.

Now the public waits to see if the President does indeed hold a rally on October 15, rather than debate virtually.

 

 

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