I think I got whiplash from trying to follow this today.
Here you try, courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will not participate in the second presidential debate with Joe Biden after the Commission on Presidential Debates said the event will be held virtually in the wake of the President’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.
“I am not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump said on Fox Business of the event scheduled for October 15. “I am not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”
Trump’s comment threw the future of presidential debates into question and set off a back-and-forth between the Biden and Trump campaigns. Biden’s spokeswoman swiftly said that they would have agreed to a virtual format for next Thursday’s contest, but because the President had seemingly bailed, they urged the commission to make the debate scheduled on October 22 a town hall debate format.
Hours later, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said they would be willing to push the October 15 debate back a week and then move the third debate to October 29, just days before the November 3 election.
But Biden’s campaign rejected their proposal, with campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield saying in response, “Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does.”
“Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing. We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice,” Bedingfield said.
So assuming that Trump survives until October 22nd, and the jury is still out on that, then we might, possibly, potentially have another presidential debate.
Will it be in person? We don’t know.
Will it be virtual? Not if Trump can help it.
Will it be worth watching? Oh yeah.
Especially if they invite Mike Pence’s fly to the debate.
After all, he was the highlight of the last one.