The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday that there will not be a Thursday meeting between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, after a disagreement about the format.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said the second debate, scheduled for this coming Thursday in Miami, has been canceled because both Trump and Biden have made other plans for that evening, The New York Times reported.
The Times reports that both candidates have agreed to appear in Nashville for a debate on Oct. 22, which will be a stand-up debate and not a town hall meeting.
There will not be a debate Oct. 29, an addition requested by the Trump campaign.
Trump, who first reported testing positive for the coronavirus last Friday, is scheduled to appear on Fox News tonight and is scheduled to resume public events this weekend, beginning with an outdoor speech at the White House. Trump has also scheduled a campaign rally in Florida on Monday night.
On Thursday morning, the commission said the debate would be virtual, and shortly after Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate.
Trump on Thursday night told Fox News personality Sean Hannity that he wants a “fair” moderator in the chair.
“Let’s get a fair anchor,” Trump said on Fox News. “Somebody like the great Sean Hannity. We’ll get Rush [Limbaugh], we’ll get Mark [Levin], we’ll get Laura [Ingraham], we’ll get judge Jeanine [Pirro]. We’ve got a lot of them out there. We’ll get Jesse [Watters], or Pete [Hegseth]. We’ve got a lot of them. Tucker [Carlson] is doing good.”
Hannity laughed at the president’s suggestions — acknowledging their absurdity.
“Oh yeah, that’ll happen,” Hannity said sarcastically, at one point.
Trump says he wants to debate Biden but wants moderators like Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Judge Jeanine, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, or Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/52wJO9SStn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020