Campaigns now in dispute over venues, dates of final presdential debates

Campaigns now in dispute over venues, dates of final presdential debates
Joe Biden, Donald Trump (Images: Left—Telemundo, right—Fox News video

[Ed. – This may be resolved by Friday; it may not.  Clearly, Trump doesn’t want to participate in sending a signal, with the presidential debates, that the motion of civilization must remain stopped because of COVID-19.  He wants in-person debates.  The commission now wants to make the next one, with the townhall format, a virtual event.  (That’s a change, which appeared to follow the VP debate.)  Etc. – see the whole sequence in the report; the bottom line is that Trump apparently wants to make a visible break now with the unchallenged veto of COVID protocol over everything.]

The whipsaw day began with an announcement from the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which said the next debate, a town hall-style affair set for Oct. 15 in Miami, would be held virtually. The commission cited health concerns following Trump’s infection as the reason for the change.

Trump, who is eager to return to the campaign trail despite uncertainty about his health, said he wouldn’t participate if the debate wasn’t in person. Biden’s campaign then suggested the event be delayed a week until Oct. 22, which is when the third and final debate is already scheduled.

Next, Trump countered again, agreeing to a debate on Oct. 22 — but only if face to face — and asking that a third contest be added on Oct. 29, just before the election. But Biden’s advisors rejected squaring off that late in the campaign.

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