Second debate to go virtual; Trump vows not to participate

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US President Donald Trump and former US Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: Tia Dufour / The White House / Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commission on Presidential Debates says the second Trump-Biden debate will be ‘virtual’ amid concerns about the president’s COVID-19.

But President Donald Trump says he won’t participate in next week’s debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden if it’s virtual.

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The nonpartisan host of the debates made the announcement Thursday morning, a week before the two were scheduled to face on in Miami.

Now, the candidates will “participate from separate remote locations,” while the participants and moderator remain in Miami.

But Trump told Fox News that he’s “not going to do a virtual debate.”

Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus a week ago and said he looked forward to debating Biden on stage in Miami.