Biden urges reschedule of second debate, says Trump doesn’t want to ‘face questions’
Donald Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden earlier in the day
Joe Biden will not take part in the second virtual presidential debate on October 15 and will instead focus on "finding a convenient place to answer questions from voters directly," according to his campaign.
President Donald Trump and Biden should appear in a changed virtual campaign due to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. However, the President rejected the proposal.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participates in the first presidential debate against US President Donald Trump on September 29, 2020 at the Case Western Reserve University Health Education campus in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first of three planned debates between the two candidates ahead of the November 3rd elections. (Photo by Morry Gash Pool / Getty Images)
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"I'm not going to waste my time on virtual debates. That's not what the debate is about," said Trump on Thursday morning in an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business. "You sit behind a computer and have a debate. It's ridiculous and then cut you off whenever they want. "
Biden's campaign has withdrawn entirely from the event, urging the Presidential Debate Commission to move the proposed town hall to October 22nd.
"Joe Biden was ready to accept the [Presidential Debate Commission] proposal for a virtual town hall, but the President has declined because Donald Trump clearly does not want to ask voters about his failure on COVID and the economy." Biden campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement Thursday. "Given the president's refusal to attend on October 15th, we hope the Debate Commission will move Biden-Trump Town Hall to October 22nd so the president cannot evade accountability."
The state of the next debate has been an influx since Trump released his coronavirus diagnosis almost a week ago. Trump and his campaign did not inform Biden that he may have been infected during their first debate on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Earlier this week, Biden expressed concern about participating in a debate over Trump's illness.
"We shouldn't have a debate," said Biden. “Too many people have been infected. It's a very serious problem so I'm going to go by the Cleveland Clinic guidelines and what the doctors are saying is correct. "
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