“The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced early this morning that the next debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place virtually.
Trump immediately slapped down the idea.
— POLITICO (@politico) October 8, 2020
From Fox News:
The debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, “will take the form of a town meeting,” CPD organizers said. The announcement came less than a week after the president tested positive for COVID-19.
But, in his Fox Business interview, the president said he would not take part in a virtual debate.
“The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said on “Mornings with Maria.” “I beat him in the first debate, I beat him easily.”
The president added that he expected to “beat him in the second debate also.”
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump went on. “I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”
The president said he wasn’t going to “sit at a computer” to debate, calling it “ridiculous.”
“They’re trying to protect Biden,” Trump said. “Everybody is.”
The Biden campaign seemingly accepted the rules change early Thursday, with deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield saying: “Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression.”
— Robin Meade (@RobinMeade) October 8, 2020
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