Biden Tries To Worm Out Of Second Debate, Won’t Reschedule If Trump Still Has COVID

( Joe Biden, the 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee, has said that he doesn’t think there should be a second debate if President Donald Trump is still infected with COVID-19 by October 15.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump confirmed in the early hours of the morning that he had tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus. He immediately went into quarantine before being admitted into the Walter Reed Medical Center.

Since then, President Donald Trump has responded well to treatment and moved back into the White House – but Joe Biden used the news to try and worm his way out of going head to head with President Trump in a second debate.

“I think we’re gonna have to follow very strict guidelines,” he added. “Too many people have been infected and it’s a very serious problem.”

Biden said that he would be “guided by the guidelines of the Cleveland Clinic and what the docs say is the right thing to do,” meaning he might not actually turn up for the debate.

The Biden campaign did not, however, commit to rescheduling the debate in the event that President Donald Trump is still infected with the Chinese coronavirus. It means that should President Trump recover well enough – as he appears to be doing – the two presidential candidates may only face off one more time before the November 3 election.

Such a move is significant given that millions of people in the United States have already started voting, and the Biden camp has spent months encouraging people to vote as early as possible. The more people vote early, the fewer people will be able to change their minds if Biden performs badly in another presidential debate.

President Donald Trump indicated this week that he plans to turn up for the upcoming debates, prompting the Commission for Presidential Debates to suggest that they would be willing to perform some kind of virtual debate.

It sounds like Joe Biden wouldn’t be up for that, however – and President Trump is unlikely to be pleased about it either.

“The Commission, including me, is certainly open to virtual operation of the debates, without question,” an anonymous commission member told CNN.

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