Second presidential debate canceled after Trump rejects virtual debate

The second presidential debate was canceled due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to participate in a virtual debate. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)The second presidential debate was canceled due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to participate in a virtual debate. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Scott Leathrum, Correspondent

The Commission on Presidential Debates canceled the second debate which was meant to be held today after President Donald Trump rejected the commission’s decision to host a virtual debate.

“I’m not gonna waste my time on a virtual debate,” said Trump. “You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.”

This decision follows the recent diagnosis of Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. The president has since tested negative.

The commission unanimously decided to hold the event virtually, however, Trump’s campaign objected. Both the Joe Biden and Trump campaigns have opted to hold competing town halls.

Trump said that he is in high spirits about his health, explaining that he felt “better than [he has] in a long time” during a public statement after leaving the hospital.

It is unclear when or how Trump caught the virus, but it is believed it could have been at the announcement event for Trump’s Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett that was held at the White House on Sept. 26.

This event has come to be known as a “super-spreader” event because many people who attended said they tested positive for COVID-19.

The final presidential debate will be held on Oct. 22 and, at this time, both candidates have agreed to meet for it and the commission is focusing its plans on holding it as the last debate of 2020 before the Nov. 3 election.

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