On October 9, the Commission on Presidential Debates cancelled its second debate, which was supposed to be held on October 15 in Miami, Florida between Republican nominee President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee former Vice President Joe Biden.
This came after President Donald Trump’s refusal to attend virtual debate, citing his concern that it would be rigged against him.
In a statement made by the Commission on Presidential Debates, they cited health concerns as the reason for cancelling the debate, since this debate was supposed to be a town-hall-style debate.
The Commission noted they still plan on holding the third presidential debate on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee: “It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22.”
The Biden campaign commented on Trump’s decision to decline participating in a virtual debate, as Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said, “It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions—but it’s no surprise.”
The Trump campaign tried to walk back on the Commission’s cancellation, with Trump’s doctor saying Trump was cleared to hold public events. The Commission stated it would not reverse its decision.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, in lieu of a virtual debate, instead each hosted their own town halls on October 15, the original day of the second presidential debate. Both were scheduled at the same time, with Trump’s being televised on NBC and Biden’s being televised on ABC.