Upshot: Second presidential debate officially canceled

Upshot: Second presidential debate officially canceled
The calm before the storm. Trump, Biden, and Biden ally Wallace take the stage at the first debate in Cleveland, 29 Sep 2020. PBS video, YouTube

[Ed. – After dithering for about 24 hours while the Biden campaign went ahead and scheduled its own event in the 15 October “second debate” slot, the commission has managed to bow to the inevitable rather than being responsible for the demise of Debate Two.  Something very emblematic about that.  A lot of talking heads lamenting this week that the format is uninspired and yada yada, but we all know why the debates are pointless.  We saw it on Wednesday night in Utah: they’re a forum for making the Republican sit still for a barrage of loaded questions and false allegations, and they don’t move the needle anyway.  Everyone is sick of it.]

You knew it was coming. After toying with the idea of giving Trump-hating moderators a button to cut Trump’s microphone whenever they feel like it and canceling the agreed-upon in-person debate to propose a virtual town meeting that would only help the liberal media further stack the deck against President Trump, the Committee on Presidential Debate (CPD) acknowledged on Friday that there will be no second presidential debate on Oct. 15.

“It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” CPD stated in a press release.

According to CPD, the Oct. 22 debate will be held in-person at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as originally planned. The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments and moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News.

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