Trump refuses to attend virtual presidential debate on October 15

Friday, 09 Oct, 2020

"It's ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever you want".

Trump claimed that Biden will not last as president for two months.

Shortly afterward, Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said Biden welcomes the chance to participate in a virtual debate.

President Donald Trump removes his mask upon returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 5. Trump is now back at the White House.

Throughout the day on Thursday, his campaign has since backtracked and said it would be open to rescheduling the second debate so it could take place in person. Since Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus, the two candidates have expressed different attitudes toward taking part in a second event, with Trump eager to do so despite his infection and Biden signaling more wariness.

But in reaction to the announcement, Trump said that he would not be taking part in a virtual presidential debate. "That's not what debating's all about", Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network on Thursday morning. I think he felt it, too.

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden exchange points during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. He added, "If he goes off and has a rally - I don't know what I'll do".

Fahrenkopf, who is one of three co-chairs of the commission, which includes 10 board members, expressed some anxiety for the loss of past agreement by both campaigns for three presidential debates. Carter participated in the second debate with Reagan, to which Anderson was not invited following poor polling numbers after the first debate. There is a historical precedent for a virtual debate. "It's up to them whether they debate or not".

The format of the debate won't change. In 1960, then candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon debates from thousands of miles apart - with Kennedy in an ABC studio in NY and Nixon in an ABC studio in California, according to Snopes. Kennedy was in NY, while Nixon appeared from Los Angeles.

The debate between Representatives Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was more balanced.