(FreedomJournal.org)- Following the announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates that the second debate would be canceled, President Donald Trump has challenged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to a televised debate that isn’t organized by the governing body.
It follows the decision by the commission to make the second virtual, before cancelling it altogether after President Donald Trump and his campaign team refused to agree to the new conditions. The second event was originally scheduled for October 15 and would have seen both candidates take part in a town hall-style debate.
The Biden campaign is unhappy with the move, as a virtual debate would have given the 77-year-old former vice president an opportunity to potentially rely more on notes or even a teleprompter. Biden campaign officials tried to suggest the president was “shameful” for having “ducked” the debate.
.@AndrewBatesNC, a Biden spokesman, on the cancellation: “It’s shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions — but it’s no surprise.”
— Dan Merica (@merica) October 9, 2020
But President Donald Trump is eager to for the debate to go ahead, and repeatedly called on the commission to reverse their decision and return to the original town hall plans for October 15. The concerns over President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis no longer apply as the president has successfully recovered from the virus and returned to normal campaigning activities the weekend before the debate was scheduled.
The commission, therefore, had no reason to make the debate virtual.
In response to the cancelation, President Donald Trump challenged former Vice President Joe Biden to a televised debate not organized by the commission.
“There is no medical reason to stop the October 15 debate in Miami from proceeding as scheduled, since the President will be healthy and ready to debate,” Trump campaign spokesman Time Murtaugh told the press on Friday. “There is also no reason there shouldn’t be the three total presidential debates as Joe Biden had originally agreed. We have suggested Using October 22 and October 29 to hold the final two debates. It’s time for the biased commission to stop protecting Biden and preventing voters from hearing from the two candidates for president.”
There’s no medical reason to stop the Oct. 15 debate from proceeding as scheduled, since the President will be healthy and ready to debate.
It’s time for the biased commission to stop protecting Biden & preventing voters from hearing from the 2 candidates for president.
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) October 9, 2020
The chances of the Biden campaign agreeing to the terms, however, are slim. So far, the Democratic camp has refused to take part in debates unless they take place on the dates already agreed.