The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the next debate, slated for Oct. 15, will be virtual in the wake of Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis, with the president responding he will not participate; plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump says won’t participate after CPD announces virtual debate
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced that the next debate, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, will be a virtual contest, following President Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.
President Trump responded that he will not participate if the contest is a virtual event with Joe Biden and he is stationed in separate locations.
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” the CPD announced.
The CPD added that the debate moderator, Steve Scully, and the attendees who will ask Trump and Biden questions will still appear from Miami, the original site of the town hall-style debate, CNN reported.
“The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump told Fox business during an interview.” “I beat him in the first debate, I beat him easily.”
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump continued. “I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”
Trump said that he expected to “beat him [Biden] in the second debate also,” adding that he wasn’t going to “sit at a computer” to debate, calling it “ridiculous.”
“They’re trying to protect Biden,” Trump said. “Everybody is.”
Pence slams Biden’s pandemic plan: “Looks a little bit like plagiarism” of Trump’s
During last night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence slammed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden by asserting that the former vice president essentially copied the plan from the Trump administration.
“The reality is when you look at the Biden plan, it reads and awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way,” Pence said.
“Quite frankly, when I look at their plan, which talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about.” Pence said, making reference to Biden’s well-documented history of plagiarism accusations that go back two 1987 in his first run for president, the Daily Wire reported.
In July, President Trump called out Biden for copying his “Buy American” plan.
Public more interested in Harris’ facial expressions and fly on Pence’s head
In what may be a sad reflection of American’s true interest in politics, the two biggest stories from last night’s debates had nothing to do with issues.
The two top trending stories in politics this morning are Kamala Harris’s facial expressions and the fly that landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head, which the New York Times clocked in at two minutes.