PDC Refuses to Reconsider 'Virtual' 2nd Debate Decision Despite Trump's Opposition
'Nonpartisan' group’s decision would not be changed
The Commission on Presidential Debates stated it would not reconsider its controversial decision to make the second presidential debate virtual, despite President Donald Trump refusing to participate in such a format.
CPD Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf said the nonpartisan group’s decision would not be changed, Associated Press reported.
The outlet then predicted the debate was "probably not going to happen at all."
Following Trump's positive coronavirus diagnosis, the commission decided to make the upcoming debate virtual.
Fahrenkopf argued that the group wanted to ‘protect the health and safety of all involved,’ adding the decision was based on its health partner, the Cleveland Clinic.
Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien said there was no reason for the commission not to proceed as originally planned.
In a statement, Stepien said:
“President Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, says the President will be medically cleared for ‘safe return to public engagements’ by Saturday, five full days before the originally scheduled debate in Miami on October 15."
“There is, therefore, no medical reason why the Commission on Presidential Debates should shift the debate to a virtual setting, postpone it, or otherwise alter it in any way," Stepien added.
“CPD Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf admits that they consulted with no one before unilaterally changing the format of a debate, well in advance of any knowledge of what the President’s condition would be on debate night,” Stepien continued.
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“The commission must stop protecting Joe Biden from this in-person debate and allow the event to proceed as it was agreed to months ago."
"The American people can see through this obvious attempt to shield Biden from another shellacking like he got two weeks ago in Cleveland, and the CPD must reverse course and let the debate proceed.”
Trump reposted to the news saying, “That’s not acceptable to us," as per Fox News.
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump said.
“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about," he added.
"You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want."
"I have a host, who I always thought was a nice guy, but I see he’s a never-Trumper, you know, came out that he’s a never-Trumper," the President said.
"And we do have some of them, Maria, believe it or not, because they don’t like to win.”
Biden deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said:
“Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the debate commission does. Trump chose today to pull out of the Oct. 15 debate."
"Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing.”
According to CNN, the Biden campaign booked a town hall with ABC News on October 15, the night of what would have been the town hall debate against Trump.
The news comes after Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris debated in person on Wednesday night, separated by plexiglass.