ABC to run Biden town hall with George Stephanopoulos on night of rejected virtual presidential debate

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Instead of being treated to a presidential debate come Oct. 15th, it appears the American people will instead be treated to a town hall from Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and possibly a rally from President Donald Trump.

On Thursday the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the second debate would have to be held virtually since President Donald Trump is still recovering from the coronavirus. The president rejected this offer.

As a result, the second debate has been effectively canceled, and both Trump and Biden have made moves to spend their time on Oct. 15th doing something else. In the Democrat nominee’s case, that something else is an ABC News-hosted town hall.

“ABC News … will hold a town hall with Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday, Oct. 15, allowing voters to ask questions to the former vice president less than a month before Election Day,” ABC News reported.

The town hall will be hosted by former Clintonite George Stephanopoulos, a so-called “journalist” who’s been accused of being part of the “Trump resistance.”

The president meanwhile is reportedly considering hosting a rally, according to Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien.

“For the swamp creatures at the Presidential Debate Commission to now rush to Joe Biden’s defense by unilaterally canceling an in-person debate is pathetic. That’s not what debates are about or how they’re done,” he said in a statement Thursday.

“Here are the facts: President Trump will have posted multiple negative tests prior to the debate, so there is no need for this unilateral declaration. The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head. We’ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead.”

Still on the calendar is the Oct. 22nd debate. While it’s currently scheduled to be in the same format as the first debate, Biden has reportedly suggested it be turned into a town hall format to emulate the now-canceled second debate.

But the president’s team has instead urged for another debate to simply be added on Oct. 29th. However, Biden has rejected this offer.

“Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does. We accepted the three dates — Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22 — in June. Trump chose today to pull out of the October 15th debate. Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield reportedly said in a statement.

“We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice.”

Speaking on Fox News’ “Special Report” Thursday evening, Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Steve Cortes accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of playing “pandemic politics.”

“The Commission on Presidential Debates has revealed itself as a corrupt and complicit swamp cabal. They are trying to put their thumb on the scale in favor of Joe Biden. They are trying to protect him and, in fact, bail him out,” he said.

“Instead of us spending the day talking about what was revealed about the radical agenda of Kamala Harris, instead — without any consultation, zero, with our campaign — the commission makes a unilateral decision to make it a virtual debate, with no medical justification.”

Listen:

According to Physician to the President Dr. Sean Conley, the president is slated to be ready for the spotlight by Saturday.

“Overall he’s responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects,” he said in a statement late Thursday.

“Saturday will be Day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”

Indeed, speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity via phone late Thursday evening, the president said he’s itching to hold a rally as soon as Saturday.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have enough time to put it together, but we want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania on the following night,” the president reportedly said.

He added, “I feel so good!”

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