Second debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is officially OFF

Second debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is officially OFF”

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, initially scheduled for Thursday, October 15, was canceled by the independent commission responsible for organizing them, she announced Friday, October 9.

Meanwhile, despite being infected with COVID-19, Trump has refused to agree to a virtual debate with Joe Biden.

Trump said in an interview on Fox News that was aired Friday evening that he feels "really good" and "very strong", and that he is now "medication-free".

A third debate is scheduled for October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, and Biden's campaign made clear that they intend to honor that date.

Trump's positive COVID-19 diagnosis resulted in the CPD moving the debate to a virtual format. Two debates are all we're getting. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it's ridiculous. "Everyone knows that Donald Trump likes to bully reporters, but obviously he doesn't have the guts to answer for his record to voters at the same time as Vice President Biden". It was a shit-show.

"We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years", Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. His campaign's suggested postponing the town hall until Oct 22., the original date of the final debate, and pushing the final debate to October 29, just five days before the election. That showdown's now set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, and given how poorly the Trump administration responded to the idea of a virtual debate this time, I don't suspect the commission will push for that option again.

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The CPD said the third debate scheduled for October 22 will still go on as planned.

The debates are a key part of the U.S. presidential campaign and give voters the rare chance to see both candidates together.

On Monday, Trump plans a campaign rally in central Florida, a must-win state for his hopes of a second term.

Trump also scheduled his own town hall event for the night.

The final debate will be similar in format to the first debate and is set to be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News.

Mr Trump's team later countered with a call to hold the debates as scheduled, once the President's doctor said he would be cleared to hold public events from Saturday. Let's hope it's not the disaster that the first one was, oh who am I kidding, it's gonna be a wreck.

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