CPD cancels second debate between Trump, Biden
The Commission on Presidential Debates has canceled the second debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
This was as a result of the refusal of President Trump to do a virtual debate despite concerns over his Covid-19 diagnosis.
According to the organizers, the cancellation is the culmination of a furious 48-hour back-and-forth between the commission and both campaigns and means what would have been the third debate in Nashville on October 22 will likely be the final meeting between the two candidates.
“It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22.” the commission said in a statement.
The commission, had on 8th of October, 2020 announced that, “because Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the debate that was scheduled for Miami would be held virtually,” with the two candidates appearing from remote locations.
Trump immediately rejected that plan, saying he would not show up and setting off a series of events that put the future of all general election debates into question.
In response to Trump’s cancellation, a Biden spokeswoman swiftly said that they would have agreed to a virtual format for next Thursday’s contest, but because the President had seemingly bailed, they would book another format for the former vice president to take questions.
“Vice President Biden looks forward to making his case to the American people about how to overcome this pandemic, restore American leadership and our alliances in the world, and bring the American people together,” Andrew Bates said
“It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions — but it’s no surprise,” she added.