Second presidential debate between Biden, Trump officially canceled

  • The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is officially off.
  • The decision was made a day after the commission announced the debate would take place "virtually" because Trump had contracted the coronavirus.
  • The third debate, scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, is still on.

The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat 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 the coronavirus.

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 an abundance of caution with health concerns — particularly for the town-hall-style debate that was set to feature questions from average voters.

"The CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22," the commission said in a statement.

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

"Subject to health security considerations, and in accordance with all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols, the debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee," the commission said in a statement.

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