The second Trump-Biden debate is officially canceled

President Trump and Joe Biden debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland. The second debate has been canceled.
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The second presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is officially off.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday that the Oct. 15 faceoff would be scrapped. The decision was made a day after the commission announced the debate would take place “virtually” because Trump had contracted COVID-19.

Trump balked at holding the debate in that format, and Biden scheduled a town hall with ABC News for that night once Trump said he would not participate.


Trump’s team later countered with a call to hold the debates as scheduled once the president’s doctor said he would be cleared to hold public events beginning on Saturday.

But the commission said it would not reverse its decision not to have the candidates on stage together, citing caution with health concerns — particularly for the town-hall-style debate that was set to feature questions from average voters.

The third debate, scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, is still on.

Trump was on Fox News twice Thursday, Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Friday and let a doctor question him for a faux medical exam on Tucker Carlson’s show.

Oct. 9, 2020