The Trump campaign has just issued a statement on rejecting the offer to participate in the 2nd Trump-Biden presidential debate in a “virtual” basis.
Moments ago, Trump told Maria Bartiromo “No, I am not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That is not what with debating is all about. You sit behind a are computer and do a debate. That’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off when every they want. I have a host who I felt was a nice guy. But I see he is a “Never Trumper,” you know — it came out that he is a “Never Trumper.”
"I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate" — Trump, on with Maria Bartiromo, begins his first post-coronavirus interview by saying he's pulling out of the second debate. (He sounds a little hoarse.) pic.twitter.com/R43JSszfll
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
Trump campaign follows up the president's phone-in assertion that he won't participate in a "virtual" town hall debate with a formal statement, calling the format a "sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden". Will the rally they promise instead be in-person with Trump? pic.twitter.com/aARpV76OLb
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) October 8, 2020
The Commission of Presidential Debates chairman Frank Fahrenkopf has responded after Trump says he’s not going to do virtual debate, and told Peter Alexander “No Presidential Candidate is required to debate. Jimmy Carter refused to debate during the first debate in 1980. It is up to the individual candidate.”
Reince Priebus and Valerie Jarrett weighed in on CBS:
The second presidential debate will now be held virtually amid COVID-19 safety concerns.
Following the announcement, President Trump says he will not participate in a virtual debate.@Reince Priebus & @ValerieJarrett weigh in on the change & break down last night's #VPDebate. pic.twitter.com/KyIf5WF8Ch
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 8, 2020