The topics for the second presidential debate were announced by Kristen Welker, an NBC presenter who will serve as moderator for next week’s event, and the coronavirus, running in America and climate change are expected to be widely covered.
“Kristen Welker, moderator of the presidential debate from October 22 to [Belmont University] selected topics: the fight against COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, leadership, ”the Presidential Debates Commission announced on Friday in a tweet.
The announcement follows a town hall meeting in which President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participated in separate events Thursday night, instead of the previously scheduled presidential debate.
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Both candidates received questions from viewers, though Trump’s event, hosted by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie of Miami, met with conflicting criticism, with the president having experienced one of the most aggressive talks of his presidency while l Biden’s event was considered mild in comparison.
“NBC is an interrogation. ABC’s a picnic, ”former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer said in a tweet Thursday night.
Others pointed out how long it took for a member of the public to ask the president a question, while Guthrie rebuffed Trump’s responses, at one point telling the candidate, “You are the president. – you’re not like a crazy uncle who can just retweet anything! ”
Trump dropped the second debate after the Presidential Debates Committee announced the event would be held virtually in light of Trump’s recent coronavirus diagnosis – forcing the committee to cancel the debate and instead the candidates each held talks. public meetings.
Trump in turn told FOX Business that he “was not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”
“I’m not going to have a virtual debate,” Trump said.
Trump also attacked NBC on Twitter on Mayor’s Day.
“I’m going to do a major fake [NBC News] Town Hall Forum, live from Miami tonight at 8:00 p.m., ”Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Biden addressed Trump’s international stance, LGBTQ rights, and said he would in fact reveal whether or not he intended to wrap the court ahead of the Nov. 3 election, although he added that he was “not a fan of court packaging”.
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“But we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
Biden has confirmed he will be present at the debate, but believes Trump should have to take a COVID test before the event.
“It’s just decency,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
The second and final presidential debate before Election Day is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.