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Biden says second debate should be scraped if Trump still has COVID

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn’t so sure that President Donald Trump will be COVID-19 free by the next presidential debate. He told reporters on Tuesday that next week’s presidential debate should be canceled if President Trump is still positive for COVID-19.

“I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn’t have a debate,” Biden said.

Trump tested positive for coronavirus last Friday, three days after the first debate. Biden was tested soon after and was negative for the virus. He was again tested on Tuesday and received the same result.

Meanwhile, several high-profile Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19 since the president’s diagnosis including the Republican National Committee Chair and at least three U.S. senators.   

Biden says he is looking forward to being able to debate the president again but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”

“Too many people have been infected and it’s a very serious problem,” Biden added.

The former vice president has been consistent in saying that he believes Americans should listen to medical experts for COVID guidance. He applied the same rule to himself in regard to the upcoming debate.

“I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate for me to do,” Biden said. “Listen to the science. If scientists say that it’s safe…then I think that’s fine.”

Trump has already made his intentions to debate clear, tweeting that he was looking forward to the next debate. He was only just released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after three days of treatments for COVID. The president says he’s feeling better than ever.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 15 in Miami. It will be great,” he tweeted.

The president’s doctors stated prior to his hospital release that he was cleared to return home to the White House but wasn’t “out of the woods yet.”

Many believe hosting another in-person debate would be foolish and too risky. The Commission on Presidential Debates is exploring all of its options for alternative debate plans including hosting debates virtually.

“The Commission, including me, is certainly open to virtual operations of the debates, without question,” said one commission member.

The second debate is a town hall style format and is scheduled for Oct. 15.

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