Second Presidential debate to go virtual, Trump refuses to participate

Donald Trump is not willing to participate in the second Presidential debate that was recently announced to go virtual.

Joe Biden and President Trump had a heated session last time during the first presidential debate last week.

According to Reuters, the Republican candidate has vowed not to be a part of the virtual debate.

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” Trump said during a media interview.

He was talking to Fox Business Network’s anchor Maria Bartiromo on Thursday morning. His major objection is that “they cut you off whenever they want during the online sessions.”

Recently the Republican Party candidate was tested positive for COVID-19.

The decision of a virtual debate session was taken due to serious health reasons. And that is quite obvious.

Fear of coronavirus and threat of transmission forced the Commission on debates to make it virtual.

The second debate’s “time hall” format will remain intact just like previously.

Moderator Steve Scully will be there on his original location only.

It will be at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. From there, he will interact online with the two candidates.

Trump v Biden – Who won in the first Presidential debate?

After Trump remarked on the virtual format for debate, Joe Biden’s campaign immediately responded.

The Vice President is ready to talk to the American people directly, despite it being an online session.

Talking about the first encounter, then it was a heated affair. While Trump tried to interrupt Biden on several occasions, the latter remained mostly calm.

The Democrat candidate even called his rival from Republican Party, “a clown.”

In case this virtual debate happens, it won’t be an exception in American history.

In 1960, Presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon had their debate remotely. While Kennedy was in a New York TV studio, Nixon was speaking from Los Angeles.

Public polls and election campaign

On Thursday, TIME wrote an article showing that many European nations want Joe Biden as US President.

According to the poll Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Britain, Sweden, and Italy are supporting Biden against Trump.

A survey was carried out in seven countries by YouGov between September 15 and October 4. It showed that majority of Europeans are backing Joe Biden.

The second Presidential debate is happening on October 15 next week. However, it’s still not clear whether it will be held or not.

After Trump’s refusal, it’s interesting to see what transpires further in the already tense battle for Presidency.

The US election will be held on November 3, 2020.

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