Biden Says He’ll Be at Next Debate Whether or Not Trump Shows Up

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    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Thursday that he’ll be at the next debate whether President Donald Trump shows up or not. iden’s campaign rejected a proposal from Donald Trump’s camp to push back the second and third presidential debates by a week after the president ruled out participating in a virtual event. “Trump chose today to pull out of the October 15th debate,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden deputy campaign manager, said in a statement. “Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing.” Bedingfield said the Biden campaign looked forward to participating in the already scheduled final debate on Oct. 22. ABC News later announced that it would host a town hall just with Biden hosted by George Stephanopoulos in Philadelphia on Oct. 15. Biden’s campaign had earlier Thursday proposed shifting the second debate, a town hall-style format, to Oct. 22, to accommodate Trump’s recovery from Covid-19, and making that the final debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced early Thursday that the Oct. 15 town hall-style forum in Miami, the second of three presidential debates, would be conducted with the participants appearing from remote locations. Trump immediately rejected the idea. “No I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox Business Thursday. “That’s not what debating’s about.” He said he would hold a rally instead. The decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of all involved,” the commission said in a statement. Both campaigns said the commission acted unilaterally, without consulting them. Biden’s campaign said he had been prepared to accept the virtual format before Trump’s refusal. Biden now plans to find an “appropriate place” to take voter questions instead of the debate, and urged the commission to move the town hall to Oct. 22 — the scheduled date for the third and final debate — “so the President is not able to evade accountability,” the campaign said in a statement.

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