Next week’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be held virtually “in order to protect the health and safety of all involved,” the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday.
The debate will take place Oct. 15 in a town hall format as previously planned, but each candidate will participate remotely. Town hall participants and the debate moderator, C-SPAN anchor Steve Scully, will attend in person at the debate venue in Miami.
Days after last week’s debate in Cleveland, Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized for three days. Since his diagnosis, dozens of people in his orbit have also tested positive, including White House officials, campaign aides and associates who helped in his debate preparations.
Trump and his team have flouted coronavirus health guidelines, like wearing face masks. Members of Trump’s family refused a doctor’s admonition to keep their masks on in the debate audience in Cleveland.
Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate was held in person with a plexiglass barrier between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic nominee Kamala Harris. Audience members were required to wear masks.
However, at the end of the debate, Pence’s wife Karen appeared on stage without one, ignoring guidelines both campaigns had agreed to observe.
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