The presidential campaign for Democratic nominee Joe Biden is calling on the Commission on Presidential Debates to reschedule an event that is supposed to take place October 15, by pushing it back a week after President Trump stated he would not participate in a virtual debate.
Biden’s campaign also said that he would participate in a single-candidate “debate,” which is supposed to be a town hall event that features questions from undecided voters, if the president doesn’t participate.
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“Given the President’s refusal to participate on October 15th, we hope the Debate Commission will move the Biden-Trump Town Hall to October 22nd, so that the President is not able to evade accountability,” Biden Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said in a statement on Thursday. “The voters should have a chance to ask questions of both candidates, directly. Every Presidential candidate since 1992 has participated in such an event, and it would be a shame if Donald Trump was the first to refuse.”
The Biden campaign’s new proposed debate date conflicts with the third and final scheduled debate slated to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, which is planned to be a one-on-one format without questions from undecided voters. It is unclear if the Biden campaign would want that debate to be rescheduled as well or just have it replaced with the town hall-style (in which they believe Biden would perform well).
“Joe Biden was prepared to accept the CPD’s proposal for a virtual Town Hall, but the President has refused, as Donald Trump clearly does not want to face questions from the voters about his failures on COVID and the economy,” Bedingfield said. “As a result, Joe Biden will find an appropriate place to take questions from voters directly on October 15th, as he has done on several occasions in recent weeks.”
At the end of the day, Trump is trying to avoid allowing Biden to have the upper hand, which is why he doesn’t want to do a virtual debate. Plenty of rumors are swirling about the former vice president using teleprompters to do question and answer sessions.
Many individuals feel that Biden is not up to the task of being president mentally speaking. Trump wants to play on that and show people that is indeed the case by forcing Biden to think on his feet.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens.