2nd Presidential Debate to Be Virtual, Trump Vows Not to Participate

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates cited a need "to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate.”

  • Published 8 October 2020
In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday not to participate in next week’s debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden after organizers announced it will take place virtually because of the president’s diagnosis of COVID-19. “I’m not going to do a virtual debate” with Biden, Trump told Fox News, moments after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the changes due to Trump’s diagnosis. That cast serious doubts on whether the event will go forward, even…

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