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Trump refused to take part in the second round of the presidential debate

Source: bbc.com
[International News]     09 Oct 2020
American President Trump said he would not participate in the second presidential debate scheduled for October 15. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would hold an event on the day to directly answer questions from voters.
Trump refused to take part in the second round of the presidential debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

American President Trump said he would not participate in the second presidential debate scheduled for October 15. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would hold an event on the day to directly answer questions from voters.

Since the Trump infection Coronavirus, the organizers of the presidential debate have decided that the second debate will be held online.

The Democratic and Republican camps have been debating the form of the debate.

Trump said the virtual-wired debate was to "protect" its rival biden.

"I will not waste my time in the debate. Sitting behind a computer is ridiculous. And they cut your speech (off the microphone )…… "I am not going to participate in a virtual connection debate ," Trump told Fox.

Biden counter-attacked, saying Trump "was always change" ideas ". His camp said it would face-to-face with voters in philadelphia, pennsylvania, if the second debate could not take place. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested swing state.

According to the White House statement, the president currently does not have any symptoms of new coronary pneumonia, but the scope of infection within the White House continues to expand.

So far it is unclear how Trump first became infected virus 、 whether it is still contagious.

Trump refused to take part in the second round of the presidential debate

The White House is still trying to cope with a Covid-19 outbreak

The first presidential debate on September 30 was a scuffle of attacks and revelations. The vice-presidential debate on wednesday night was more civilized, but harris and pence's two vice-presidential candidates

The U.S. general election will take place on November 3, and the latest polls show Biden has a national lead in digit percentages. However, since the U.S. election is a voter-vote system, swing states largely determine the results, Biden and Trump in these battlefield states relatively close to the election.

Trump refused to take part in the second round of the presidential debate

bbc

More interactive "town hall" debates

A second debate was scheduled to take place in the form of a town hall meeting (townhall), in which two candidates on stage were questioned by the audience.

Generally speaking, candidates can walk around the stage, and the audience who asks questions is still undecided on who to vote for. In town hall debates, presidential candidates interact more with their opponents and audiences than in the form of debates held on stage or in their seats.

Trump refused to take part in the second round of the presidential debate

 

Many times Trump strolled behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 town hall debate with Trump, causing online buzz.

Chinese netizens have also taken screenshots of the debate, mocking the two as if they were OK. in chorus Carla

"City hall debates create a different atmosphere, demonstrating the ability of candidates to connect with voters and to understand unresolved issues of voter concern ," said McKinley (Mitchell McKinney), a communications professor at the University of Missouri.

But according to the current situation, the fate of the town hall meeting debate is pending.


Does the debate affect the election?

Polls over the years have found that between 90 and 95 per cent of U.S. voters watching the presidential debate have made up their minds about who to vote for, and less than 5 per cent may decide who to vote for. However, this may be important in a battleground state close to selection.

Clinton's 2016 election was narrowly defeated in several battlefield states, such as Michigan, where she lost more than 10,000 votes to Trump.

"We know that viewers are more likely to vote, and they've given time to watch the debate ," Professor McKinley said ." If the election is close again and there are enough undecided voters in the battleground states, then I think the debate will have a big impact on the results. "

If biden and Trump agree to a third and final round of debate, it will be held in tennessee on october 22, just 11 days from the election.

But for now, it remains a question whether the debate will proceed as scheduled.

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