The long standing tradition of presidential candidates shaking hands before the beginning of a debate is coming to an end with the first event held between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Now, this isn’t because the two men hate each other, though there’s certainly no love lost between them. It’s due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and considerations being taken to limit the possible spread of the illness.
via Fox News:
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) says that Tuesday night – when President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden face off at their first of three debates – there will be no handshake between the candidates or the moderator, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.
And the bipartisan commission – which has been organizing and producing presidential debates for over three decades – also announced that once onstage, the two candidates will not be wearing masks
“Upon entering the stage, President Trump will be standing at a podium on the right side of the stage looking out at the audience, and former Vice President Biden will be standing at a podium to the left side of the stage looking out at the audience,” Peter Eyre, a senior CPD adviser, told reporters.
Both the president and Biden will be standing for the event, with Wallace seated at a table facing the two candidates.
This debate, which is sure to be extremely entertaining is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, at 9 p.m. ET and is being hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic located in Cleveland, Ohio.
It’s almost surprising to see Biden is attending the debate given how many folks on the left have tried to get him not to show up, likely due to fears the man would say some off the wall stuff that could hurt his chances of being elected come November.