Biden on Trump saying he won’t do a virtual debate: ‘You never know what’s going to come out of his mouth’
Speaking with reporters Thursday morning before boarding a flight to campaign in the battleground state of Arizona, the former vice president was asked about the president’s insistence minutes earlier that he wouldn’t take part in a virtual presidential debate with Biden next week.
“You never know what’s going to come out of his mouth,” Biden said.
With Trump huddling in the White House after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last Friday and after being hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for coronavirus treatments, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced Thursday morning that the Oct. 15 scheduled second debate between the president and Biden would be held virtually, with both candidates taking part from separate remote locations.
The president quickly responded, telling Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo later Thursday morning that he would not take part in a virtual debate.
“The commission changed the debate style and that’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said on “Mornings with Maria.”
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump added. “I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.”
Biden, when asked about Trump’s refusal to take part in the debate, responded, “We don’t know what the president is going to do, he changes his mind every second so for me to comment on that now would be irresponsible. I think that if — I’m going to follow the commission recommendations. If he goes off and he’s going to have a rally, I’ll — I don’t know what I’ll do.”
The second debate is scheduled to be a town hall-style format. The commission said Thursday morning that the moderator of the debate – C-SPAN’s Steve Scully – and the live audience would be at the debate hall in Miami, Fla., with Biden and Trump taking part remotely.
The first debate between Biden and Trump – which took place last week in Cleveland, Ohio, was plagued by incessant interruptions and insults. President Trump was the larger of the two culprits. According to a Fox News analysis, the president interrupted Biden and moderator Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” a total of 145 times, with the former vice president interrupting Trump and Wallace 67 times.
Trump – on Thursday morning – once again claimed that “I beat him [Biden] in the first debate, I beat him easily.”