Second US presidential debate cancelled

TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) – The organizer of the US presidential debates says the second meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, scheduled for next week, is cancelled.

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been cancelled, the Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday, a move that came as Trump announced his first in-person events since being diagnosed with COVID-19, Guardian reported.

The decision by the nonpartisan commission follows a public disagreement between the two candidates over the debate’s format. The commission had previously announced the debate would take place “virtually” due to Trump’s diagnosis. Trump, however, said he would refuse to participate in a virtual event, while Biden advocated for it for safety reasons.

But the commission said it would not reverse its decision, citing an abundance of caution and health concerns, particularly for the town-hall-style debate that was to feature questions from voters.

“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 commission said in a statement.

The third and final debate, scheduled for October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, is still on.

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