The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) declared on October 8 the 2nd presidential debate, scheduled for October 15 at Miami, could have President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden participate almost “in order to protect the health and safety of all involved.” But responding to the information Thursday dawn, Trump (who’s under a week from analyzing positive and being hospitalized for COVID-19) stated he would not take part in this type of discussion; his campaign announced plans to instead hold an on site rally.
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” that the CPD declared in an October 8 press release. “The town meeting participants and the moderator, Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks, will be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida.”
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo following the news broke. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating’s all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate — it’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.”
The first presidential debate was characterized by Trump’s frequent consequences of Biden. That could have been the biggest story coming from the initial argument were it not for the president favorable COVID-19 evaluation days later. Trump’s hospitalization for the disorder over the weekend raises questions regarding his contagiousness. According into a CDC assessment, information suggests patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 may “remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset.” For patients with more severe symptoms, that number can go up to 20 days.
The deadline is obscured by lingering questions regarding if Trump’s disease started. As ABC News reported Thursday, that the White House has refused to state when the president’s last negative test was (which may offer insight into his disease timeline) and has declined to confirm if Trump was analyzed within a 72-hour window prior to the first argument, since CPD rules stipulated.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager who’s also a part of this Trump bunch of supported COVID-19 instances, stated Thursday the campaign will maintain its event instead of engaging the digital discussion.
“President Trump will have posted multiple negative tests prior to the debate, so there is no need for this unilateral declaration,” Stepien maintained in a declaration, according to Vox. “We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead.”
Biden’s campaign has said he’s open to engaging in the digital format.
“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 campaign communications manager Kate Bedingfield said in a declaration, according to CNN.
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