Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has responded to President Trump’s refusal to participate in a virtual debate next week, drawing attention to his unpredictable nature.
Biden took an opportunity to speak to the press on Thursday morning before boarding a flight that would take him to Arizona, a key battleground state, to do some campaigning. The former vice president was asked about Trump’s comments concerning the change of debate format.
“You never know what’s going to come out of his mouth,” Biden answered.
With Trump huddling in the White House after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last Friday and after being hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for coronavirus treatments, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced Thursday morning that the Oct. 15 scheduled second debate between the president and Biden would be held virtually, with both candidates taking part from separate remote locations.
“The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said on “Mornings with Maria.”
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump added. “I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”
Biden was then asked to weigh in on the refusal of the president to be part of the debate, saying, “We don’t know what the president is going to do, he changes his mind every second so for me to comment on that now would be irresponsible. I think that if — I’m going to follow the commission recommendations. If he goes off and he’s going to have a rally, I’ll — I don’t know what I’ll do.”
The second presidential debate, due to be held on October 15, is supposed to be a town hall style event. The commission announced on Thursday that the moderator for the debate, C-SPAN host Steve Scully — who used to be an intern for Biden by the way — and the live audience would be at the debate hall in Miami, Florida while Biden and Trump would participate remotely.