The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has officially canceled the second faceoff between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden scheduled for October 15 after the candidates signaled they planned to attend other events that day amid a dispute over the terms for the debate.
The announcement puts to rest speculation over whether the event would take place in a modified format next week following a back-and-forth that began early Thursday when Trump rejected the commission’s plans to shift the debate to a virtual event amid health concerns after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Biden’s campaign initially committed to continue on with the debate, though it indicated later Thursday after it became apparent that Trump would not participate in a virtual debate that Biden planned to instead attend a town hall in Pennsylvania hosted by ABC News.
“It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” the commission said in a statement Friday night.
A debate scheduled for Oct. 22 is still slated to take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., the commission said, subject to health security considerations and in accordance with coronavirus guidelines.