Despite his COVID-19 diagnosis, President Trump still plans to debate Joe Biden in Miami on October 15, while Vice President Mike Pence will debate Kamala Harris on Wednesday, October 7, separated by plexiglass shields.
Plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
President Trump plans to participate in October 15 debate against Biden despite COVID-19
President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, after receiving treatment for COVID-19 since Friday, and return to the White House where he will continue his treatment.
According to Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh, who spoke to Fox, President Trump still plans to participate in the second presidential debate which will take place in Miami next Thursday, October 15. The debate will occur less than two weeks after the president contracted the novel coronavirus.
Biden will be there, Trump or no Trump
The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has already signaled that the former Vice President will travel to Florida for the next debate.
“We are hoping President Trump can participate,” said senior Biden campaign advisor Symone Sanders. “We’re hoping that he’s medically able to participate, and that is up to his doctors to clear him. But Joe Biden will be at that debate.”
Pence and Harris to debate tomorrow separated by Plexiglas shields
Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will debate in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 7. The debate commission is taking no chances after President Trump in a number of White House staffers tested positive for coronavirus.
During tomorrow’s debate, Pence and Harris will be separated by plexiglass shields, one of a number of changes debate officials are now making in response to concerns about COVID-19, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The debate commission has also increased the distance between Harris and Pence from 7 to 12 feet.
The changes come as once again the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on COVID-19 to say that the novel coronavirus is “sometimes” airborne.
Vice President Mike Pence has already tested negative twice for coronavirus in the past three days. However, a number of White House staffers and others who had contact with both President Trump and Pence have tested positive.
How to watch the debate: The debate will run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption beginning at 9 PM ET and will be carried by every major network.
Gallup poll: Majority of voters say economy top issue, followed by terrorism national security
According to the latest Gallup poll, nearly 90 percent of respondents said the economy is their top issue, with 44 percent saying the economy was “extremely important” and 45 percent saying it was “very” important, The Hill reported.
The next issues voters deemed important included:
- Terrorism and national security: 83%.
- Education: 82%.
- Healthcare: 80%.
- Crime: 79%.
- Coronavirus: 77%.
- Race relations: 76%.
- Foreign affairs: 74%.
- Gun policy: 68%.
- Immigration and the federal deficit: 65%.
- US-China relations: 64%.
- Abortion: 61%.
- Climate change: 55%.
- US-Russia relations: 49%.