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Candidates tussle over virtual debate

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/08/20, 04:08 pm

President Donald Trump urged the Commission on Presidential Debates to postpone his next meetup with challenger Joe Biden rather than host it remotely. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” Trump said Thursday on Fox news. He wants to move the scheduled debate from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22 with the final debate on Oct. 29, only five days before the election. Biden’s campaign rejected that offer and wanted to hold just one more debate on Oct. 22. “[Trump] changes his mind every second,” Biden said Thursday.

Why did the commission make the change? It said the move was “to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate.” Trump tested positive for COVID-19 six days before the announcement. His doctor said he no longer has any symptoms.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s analysis of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 10/08/2020 07:47 pm

    Can we vote on further debates?  I vote against it. Nothing really to be learned imo. 

  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 10/09/2020 12:04 pm

    I don't know that we'll miss anything new or important by not having any further debates, but it beats me why Trump is saying he won't participate. It's as if he wants to keep digging.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 12:24 pm

    I vote inviting third party candidates to debate. If Trump doesn't want a virtual debate, then others running for the office can use the opportunity to explain that voters have choices. I think Trump doesn't like the idea of being muted when it's not his turn to speak.