The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Thursday that the next contest with President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be hosted remotely, rather than the candidates competing on stage.
In a press release on Thursday, the commission said: “The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”
The Independent Journal Review adds:
The CPD noted that C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor Steve Scully and town meeting participants will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida.”
Additionally, “The White House Pool will provide coverage of the second presidential debate,” the press release reads.
The move is “to protect the health and safety of all involved.”
The second presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 15 and the third is scheduled for Oct. 22. The debate going virtual comes after the first debate was held on Sept. 29 and the president’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis days later.
Shortly after the announcement, the Biden campaign released a statement confirming they would participate in the new debate format.
In a tweet, Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said: “Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus.”
. @KBeds on debate: Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump's failed leadership
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) October 8, 2020