2nd Debate in Question As Trump Refuses Virtual Format

Clay Curtis
October 19, 2020

Trump told Bartiromo that he had no advance notice of the change.

Incumbent Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's Republican running mate, was set to square off with California Senator Kamala Harris, Biden's Democratic running mate, in the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Salt Lake City.

The Trump administration claimed the commission made the change in favour of Mr Biden.

Mr Biden, who went up against Mr Trump in a bad-tempered first debate in September, has tested negative for COVID-19. The debate was originally scheduled for October 15. So the town hall would happen October 22 and the third debate would be October 29 - both in person. Biden's campaign website argues that the ACA has assuaged more than 100 million people who "no longer have to worry that an insurance company will deny coverage or charge higher premiums just because they have a pre-existing condition".

It's quite possible Trump holds firm and backs out of doing next week's debate but that would be a massive mistake for him. The commission announced, "candidates would participate from separate remote locations".

The debate commission, which has the unenviable task of finding common ground between the competing campaigns, has come under scrutiny already after the first debate between Mr Trump and Mr Biden deteriorated, with the president frequently interrupting his opponent and the moderator unable to take control.

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Late Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Biden will instead take part in a town hall in Philadelphia hosted by ABC News on the 15th. As he campaigned in Arizona, Mr Biden said he would indeed attend the October 22 debate, scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee.

On Tuesday, Biden had said they shouldn't debate next week if Trump is still infected with the coronavirus. "I'm showing up. I'll be there".

Mr Trump's doctor, Sean Conley, said the President has had no COVID-19 symptoms for more than 24 hours and has been fever-free for more than four days.

During an interview on the Fox Business Channel, Mr Trump said: "No I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate".

These were the details of the news The Biden campaign attacks Trump and refuses to carry the third. for this day. But another debate could also expose Mr Trump to political risks.

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