Remarks: On October 8, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that, due to Trump’s positive COVID diagnosis, the second debate would be held virtually, with the moderator in Miami and the candidates participating remotely. Biden agreed to participate in the debate, but President Trump said he would not take part in a virtual debate and would instead hold a rally. FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/10/27/2020-oct-15-president-trump-miami-florida-second-presidential-debate-cancellation-october-9/
SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CANCELED:
Moderator: Steve Scully
CANCELED OCTOBER 15 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (ARSHT CENTER)
OCTOBER 2 TRUMP CONTRACTS COVID-19
On the morning of October 2, the White House press office announced that the president had contracted COVID-19. One of his close advisers, Hope Hicks, had shown symptoms on the plane while returning from the first debate, and subsequently tested positive. Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, tested positive shortly afterwards and went into quarantine. The president was hospitalized for three days. The second debate would have been within the CDC’s recommended quarantine period of two weeks. The Commission on Presidential Debates did not immediately specify if Trump’s diagnosis would affect the second debate.
OCTOBER 8 CHANGE OF FORMAT (virtual moderator in Miami candidates participating remotely)
On October 8, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that, due to Trump’s positive COVID diagnosis, the second debate would be held virtually, with the moderator in Miami and the candidates participating remotely. Biden agreed to participate in the debate, but Trump said he would not take part in a virtual debate and would instead hold a rally. A Biden campaign spokesperson stated, regarding Trump’s declination to participate in a virtual debate, that “Biden would be happy to appear virtually, but said if the president declines to appear, the former vice president will hold a town hall elsewhere.” The Biden campaign later scheduled a nationally televised town hall on ABC with George Stephanopoulos on October 15.
Trump’s physician Sean Conley said on October 8 that Trump’s condition was stable and that he was “devoid of symptoms”; however, that evening Trump appeared by phone on Hannity and suffered several coughing fits. Conley said that he anticipated that Trump could have a “safe return to public engagements” by October 10, ten days after his diagnosis. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 remain contagious for up to 20 days after their onset of symptoms, depending on the severity of the case; Trump’s treatment using remdesivir and dexamethasone was typical of a severe case. The Trump campaign called for the second debate to be held in person as originally scheduled, saying there was “no medical reason” for the debate to be shifted to a virtual setting, postponed, or otherwise changed “in any way.” However, Fahrenkopf said that the commission would not reconsider its decision to make the event virtual so as to “protect the health and safety of all involved.”
CANCELLATION OCTOBER 9
The commission announced on October 9 that the second debate had been canceled while the final debate would still proceed as originally planned, with Kristen Welker moderating. As a result of the debate cancellation, each candidate participated in separate town hall events televised at the same time (8:00 p.m. EDT). Biden’s town hall was broadcast on ABC and Trump’s town hall was broadcast on NBC. Biden’s town hall was watched by 14.1 million people on ABC, while Trump’s town hall was watched by 13.5 million people on NBC. More people watched Biden’s town hall, broadcast solely on ABC, than Trump’s town hall, broadcast on NBC and two of its cable channels, MSNBC and CNBC.
Columbia Journalism Review editor and publisher Kyle Pope characterized the dueling events as “a craven ratings stunt”. During the 1968 United States presidential election, Richard Nixon refused to debate Hubert Humphrey, also resulting in separate late-night television events: fundraising telethons were scheduled for mostly-overlapping time slots with the Democratic candidate similarly appearing on ABC and the Republican candidate on NBC. Original Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_presidential_debates
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It was scrapped after Trump declined to take part in a virtual contest.
The president tested positive two days after the first debate on Sept. 29 and received treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
It was scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami.
Instead, both candidates held town halls on the same evening — Trump on NBC and Biden on ABC.
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