Donald Trump and Joe Biden are supposed to go head-to-head in three debates. But these dates were thrown into doubt since the president tested positive for the coronavirus.
Last Thursday, Donald Trump refused to participate in the second event, set for October 15, after it was announced the event would be held virtually.
“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Mr Trump told Fox News, calling the decision “ridiculous” moments after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the changes.
And on Friday the Commission on Presidential Debates made it official, saying next Thursday’s debate is scrapped, leaving an October 22 event the final Trump-Biden showdown before election day on November 3.
Mr Biden, who duelled with Mr Trump in a bad-tempered and fiery first debate last month, has tested negative.
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed how the Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns will be fought this year, meaning the debates have taken on even more significance than in previous years.
The first and only debate for the two parties’ vice-presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, took place on Wednesday October 7.
When, where and what time are the debates?
September 29, Ohio
The first presidential debate between Mr Trump and Mr Biden was a chaotic squabble between the two candidates.
The rivals ripped chunks out of each other on their records and issues such as the economy, coronavirus and racism.
Mr Trump was rebuked several times by Chris Wallace, the moderator, for speaking over his opponent. At one point, after incessant interruptions from the president, Mr Biden said: “Will you shut up, man?”
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