Commission cancels second presidential debate

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 10th, 2020 11:37 am
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Last Updated Oct 11th, 2020 at 10:27 am

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday canceled the second presidential debate, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 15.

"[T]he campaigns of the two candidates who qualified for participation in the debate made a series of statements concerning their respective positions regarding their willingness to participate in a virtual debate on October 15, and each now has announced alternate plans for that date," the CPD said in a statement. "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 CPD had changed the debate to a virtual format on Thursday "in order to protect the health and safety of all involved."

President Trump said on Thursday he would not participate in a virtual debate and would host a rally instead.

Following Trump's plans to skip the debate, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced on Thursday a town hall event with ABC News on October 15, the same day as the debate.

The third and final debate is still scheduled for October 22 and will be hosted at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the CDP, "both candidates have agreed to participate" in the third debate.


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