The second debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden was officially canceled.
The Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed yesterday that the October 15 meeting will no longer take place. The decision was made a day after that body announced that the debate would take place “virtually” because Trump had caught the coronavirus.
The president did not want the debate to be in that format, and Biden scheduled a presentation open to public questions with ABC News for that night after the president said he would not participate.
Later, Trump’s team called for the debates to be held as originally planned, after the president’s doctor authorized him to hold events in public starting tomorrow, although his campaign team said he would resume his rallies after Monday.
But the commission indicated that it would not reverse its decision not to have the candidates together on stage, arguing that it was doing so to take extreme precautions against the possibility of contagion.
The third debate, scheduled for October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, continues.
Following the Commission’s decision, President Trump pointed out a lack of objectivity and retweeted the reaction of former Senator and Senate Leader Bob Dole: “A biased Discussion Committee is unfair.”