Dear Commons Community,
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced yesterday that it has cancelled the Oct. 15 debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden after Trump declined to go along with the plan to hold it virtually.
In the wake of Trump’s positive test for COVID-19, the CPD opted to move the second debate to an online format out of safety concerns.
Trump, however, was quick to say that he would not participate if the debate in Miami was not held in-person.
“I am not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump said in a Thursday night interview with Fox Business.
The Trump campaign put out a statement saying that Trump’s doctor Sean Conley had cleared him to participate in the Oct. 15 event, but held fast to the president’s insistence that the two candidates appear alongside one another onstage in Miami.
With Trump hedging on participating in a virtual debate, Biden made other plans, booking a town hall event with ABC News for the scheduled date.
A third debate is scheduled for Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and Biden’s campaign made clear that they intend to honor that date.
“We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice.”
Good. If the 2nd debate turned out anything like the first, it would be another embarrassment for the American presidency with a lying Trump continually crying and interfering in front of a world audience.