Commission Says Next Presidential Debate Will Be Virtual. Trump Refuses

The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take place virtually with both candidates in separate locations, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Thursday.

The commission announced the new form after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus last week. Trump responded to the news minutes later asserting he would not “do a virtual debate.”

“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” the commission said in a statement, according to CNN. “The town meeting participants and the moderator, Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks, will be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. The White House Pool will provide coverage of the second presidential debate.”

Trump responded to the news on Fox Business minutes after the announcement, saying, “I’m not gonna do a virtual debate.”

“I’m not gonna do a virtual debate,” Trump said on Fox Business just now.

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 8, 2020

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