The presidential debates are shaping up to be pivotal moments in the campaign.
President Trump is looking to use the debates to swing the race in his favor.
And Donald Trump dropped one big bombshell about the next presidential debate.
Focus groups of undecided voters declared Vice President Mike Pence the winner in his debate against Kamala Harris.
The very next day, the Commission on Presidential Debates sought to squash any news coverage of the Vice President’s outstanding performance by unilaterally announcing the next presidential debate scheduled for Miami would be a virtual debate based on the President testing positive for the coronavirus.
Normally the ground rules for any debate are negotiated with the campaigns.
In this instance, the committee imposed a new format for working with the campaigns.
President Trump rejected this change and in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, the President announced he would not attend unless the candidates appeared in person with the moderator and town hall audience.
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” President Trump declared.
The Trump campaign put out a statement ripping the commission:
President Trump won the first debate despite a terrible and biased moderator in Chris Wallace, and everybody knows it. For the swamp creatures at the Presidential Debate Commission to now rush to Joe Biden’s defense by unilaterally canceling an in-person debate is pathetic. That’s not what debates are about or how they’re done.
Here are the facts: President Trump will have posted multiple negative tests prior to the debate, so there is no need for this unilateral declaration. The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head. We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead.
The Trump campaign later proposed moving the second debate from October 15 to October 22 and the final debate from October 22 to October 29.
President Trump’s doctor announced he has been symptom-free for days and was cleared to return to the campaign trail on October 10.
But Biden’s campaign rejected the proposal and said if the President would not debate virtually, then Biden would hold his own town hall event with voters.
Trump supporters contend the President was right to skip a virtual debate because they believe it would allow moderator and former Joe Biden intern Steve Scully to mute the President and provide the questions in advance to Biden so Biden could read his answers off a teleprompter.
Joe Biden would like nothing more than to skip the final two debates.
Biden and the Democrats think they can run out the clock and sit on their lead in the polls.
A virtual debate would be a happy medium for Biden so that the format is rigged in his favor and he doesn’t look like he is skipping the debate because he is afraid.
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