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The Second Presidential Debate is Cancelled

This country is in shambles, and the election isn’t helping to keep the U.S. together. Very similar to the tone of this whole election, the first Presidential Debate felt more like a reality show reunion than an actual debate. The constant personal jabs, inability to complete a thought, and rude side comments - mainly coming from Donald Trump's side. About a day after the debate, amidst all the excitement and looking forward to the first Vice Presidential debate, word got out that Trump and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19. Being that Trump barely believed in the virus or wearing masks to stop the spread, this wasn’t much of a surprise. Once you test positive, quarantine is the next step which is part of the reason why the second Presidential debate has been cancelled by the commissioner.

In order to give Trump time to rest and keep the virus from spreading to the White House staff any further, there was an offer to have a virtual debate in place of them meeting in person, which Trump declined. The decision for the cancellation didn’t come easy, the choice was made after 48 long hours of deliberation between the commissioner and both campaigns. During a statement, the commissioner said “It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22”

The Trump campaign attempted to pressure Biden into an in person debate a week later than originally scheduled to October 23 thus moving the final debate to the 29th of October, which is just three days before the election. Of course the Biden campaign declined, stating that “Donald Trump doesn't make the debate schedule, the debate commission does.”

There are many changes that this presidency has made to the fabric of this country, and this is a major one. There aren’t any other documented times of a cancellation of any Presidential debates.

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