The next presidential debate between Trump and Biden will be a virtual one

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday that next week's presidential debate between President Trump and Biden will be held in a virtual setting.

The commission said: The second presidential debate will be held in a town meeting format, with the candidates participating.

The moderator - C-Span political editor Steve Scully - and town hall participants will stay at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, but Biden and Trump will not.

The debate is scheduled for Oct. 15

In recent years, how to safely conduct a pair of indoor, face-to-face debates between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump has been the subject of intense dialogue among members of the debate commission's board of directors.

The second Biden-Trump debate was initially scheduled for Oct. 15, the commission said. Moderator Steve Scully of C-SPAN will still conduct the proceedings at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami.

The debate will be held in a town hall format and will feature questions from South Florida voters.

Aides to Mr. Trump have privately discussed the concept of an outdoor debate. Still, people familiar with the debate commission's deliberations said the Trump campaign had never formally floated the idea.

Mr. Biden said he would yield to the debate commission and its health adviser, the Cleveland Clinic, to ensure a safe physical environment for the audience and attendees.
Kamala harris debate faces.
Kamala harris debate face.

During the Vice President's debate in Utah on Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence praised the moderator's efforts to push through the schedule - albeit more politely than President Donald Trump did last week. 

The debate covered more topics than last week's Trump Biden showdown. But Democratic Senator Joe Biden's candidate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, sometimes ignored the questions she was asked.

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