Biden announces ABC town hall event in place of second presidential debate

by Peter Heck · Oct 9th, 2020 8:20 am

Last Updated Oct 9th, 2020 at 11:47 am

Following President Trump's decision to skip the second presidential debate, opting instead for a campaign rally, his opponent Joe Biden has made plans of his own. The former vice president will participate in a town hall forum coordinated by ABC News.

After the Commission on Presidential Debates changed the October 15 face-off to a virtual format for safety reasons, Trump announced "that's not acceptable to us," and withdrew from what he said would be a "waste of my time."

Biden's plans were not immediately clear until later in the day Thursday.

The Trump campaign had proposed delaying the two remaining debates, each by a week. That would have placed the second debate on October 22 and moved the third and final debate to October 29. Biden's camp declined.

"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. "Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That's his choice."

The Biden town hall will be moderated by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, who hosted a similar town hall with Trump in September.


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