Trump Refuses to Participate in a Virtual Presidential Debate

Mish

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the next debate would take place virtually. Trump said no.

"Not Going to Waste My Time"

Trump says “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates said Thursday the two candidates would participate in the next presidential debate from remote locations, after a growing number of people in the White House tested positive for the coronavirus. The first presidential debate and Wednesday night’s vice presidential event were in-person but included social-distancing measures crafted in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic.

Mr. Trump quickly balked at the change.

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” Mr. Trump said on Fox Business Thursday morning.

“We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead,” [said Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.]

Excellent News For Those Rooting For Biden

Other than something physically happening to Biden, Trump's only shot at winning was a knockout stumbling by Biden in a debate.

Trump just voluntarily removed that option. 

Mish  

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Doug78
Doug78

We know how it will affect card-carrying Democrats and Republicans. What is important is how it affects those who are independents. They, as always, are the ones who decide the election. Something like 38% describe themselves as independents yet the two parties keep preaching to their own followers and think they are coming up with good arguments. They aren't.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Trump thinks Biden will be fed what to say. And he may be. But Biden stinks at reading while talking. He misreads and you can see his eyes moving side to side.

Biden was clearly told that if he gets stuck, he should call Trump a liar, a racist or urge people to vote. These responses will seem odd in a virtual debate.

Trump may be making a mistake.

Sechel
Sechel

Very understandable Trump is refusing.

He's still infected with covid
His handlers have Covid, he can't prepare.
A virtual debate reminds viewers that Trump is sick
Trump performed miserably in his first debate

Trump is behind in the polls by a significant margin. Trump needs the debates. Biden does not.
Its quite possible we will not see any more debates.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

The comedy of this is Trump's masterful 4D chess game was supposed to provide proof that Biden is senile and incapable of handling the duties of the president, but that plan didn't play out in his 4D chess game as Trump didn't give Biden enough time to talk to drive that point home.

Sechel
Sechel

Biden just rejected Trump's offer to schedule two new debates on the 22nd and 29th. I would have done the same. The commission sets the debate schedules not Trump and a debate a week before the election is too risky and Biden doesn' t need to take that risk. If Trump wants two debates he should simply honor the existing schedule. It's not Biden's fault Trump refued to follow CDC guidelines and got infected.

Jmurra
Jmurra

In this game we all lose. Neither candidate has the capacity to unify and lead the country and the policy of both is more debt, inequality and dollar devaluation.

Henry_MixMaster
Henry_MixMaster

Could you imagine how sterioided up Trump would do on live television?It would be the first debate with the craziest cranked to eleven.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

My thinking about more debates....is that neither Trump nor Biden want them.....because...no matter what the outcome...it has more potential to hurt than help.

Most minds are made up...The only thing that might change that is some real blockbuster screw-up...and either candidate is capable of being his own worst enemy on a given day.

No much upside.....but a fair amount of risk. That's how I handicap this situation.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Stupid is what stupid does. Steroids just make tRump stipuder.

numike
numike

I voted already

Jojo
Jojo

Trump doesn't want to go virtual on the debate because so much of his shtick depends on in your face BS, ignoring questions and talking over other people. None of that works virtually, where the moderator can easily mute someone.

In fact, this is probably how all political debates should be presented in the future. You'd have a set of 8 ft tall video screens in an auditorium standing where the candidates in person would normally be. The candidates might each be in an isolated back room with cameras showing every detail, so they couldn't have prompters holding up signs or such. The moderator(s) would be physically at a desk in front of the screens.

The debaters would then go through the debate as usual, but they wouldn't physically be on stage. For anyone who ignores rules, time limits or acts rudely, it would be very easy to mute them.

Can you imagine Biden actually answering a question put to him while Trump onscreen is gesturing wildly, his mouth is moving, he has that crazed look in his eyes but no one can hear him? That would be too funny!

AshH
AshH

Thinking it's too late for Trump for the remaining debates to have much effect on the outcome anyway.

Trump's best chance now is probably something underhanded -- either rogue electors, or getting enough individual state results thrown out, denying Biden from reaching 270.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

No need for one of the candidates to give third base coach signs to Lester Holt like in 2016.

bradw2k
bradw2k

"Not going to waste my time" How insulting that is to all Americans.