Bob Dole suggests Commission on Presidential Debates is ‘unfair’, biased against Trump

Bob Dole suggests Commission on Presidential Debates is ‘unfair’, biased against Trump

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien suggested Friday that the CPD's motivation for cancelling the October 15 debate was political. "No I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate", Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox Business Thursday.

Trump and Biden faced off on September 29 for the first round of televised debates to showcase their strengths and expose opponent weaknesses as the elections draw near. "It's shameful that Donald Trump ducked the only debate in which the voters get to ask the questions - but it's no surprise", Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said.

The Trump campaign criticized the commission saying "there is no medical reason" to stop the Thursday debate in Florida from proceeding as scheduled, since the president will be "healthy and ready to debate".

On Friday the commission - which controls the three presidential debates - announced that its second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden would be scrapped, putting the event officially out of its misery after it was beset by controversies. The final debate, set for October 22, will go ahead as planned.

The president refused to participate in such a debate, calling it "ridiculous" and that "they cut you off whenever they want".

The move comes one day after the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the debate would be held virtually, following the president's diagnosis of and hospitalization for the novel coronavirus. A formula categorically refused by Donald Trump. Biden will participate in a town hall in Philadelphia hosted by ABC News and moderated by George Stephanopoulos.

Hundreds of guests have been invited to the White House on Saturday, although Trump will not be mingling among the guests, as he is expected to deliver a speech from the White House balcony.

Several of Trump's advisors and senior members of the Republican Party tested positive after attending the event.

A biased Debate Commission is unfair."AdvertisementThe commission usually works behind the scenes and is rarely a hot topic among the general public, but this year, the presidential debates were thrown into turmoil by President Trump, who flouted the debate rules during the first faceoff in Cleveland with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden".

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