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Biden to participate in ABC town hall Oct. 15, second debate off the table

Instead of the debate, the Trump campaign said it would hold a rally on October 15th

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden will take part in a town hall forum hosted by ABC News to replace what was supposed to be the second presidential debate on October 15.

Instead, the former vice president will participate in his own event, taking place in Philadelphia, moderated by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, The Hill reports.

The announcement of Biden’s new event indicates that the second presidential debate is officially off the table after President Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday morning that the October 15 debate in Miami would take place virtually, with Biden and Trump participating in separate remote locations and moderator Steve Scully still in Florida.

But, President Trump was quick to shut down the proposal, saying it would be a waste of his time.

“I’m not going to waste my time on the virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about,” Trump said in an interview on Fox Business. “You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want.”

Instead of the debate, the Trump campaign said it would hold a rally on October 15, despite questions about whether the president would be out of the woods in terms of his coronavirus diagnosis. The campaign later urged the commission to delay the two remaining debates by a week each so that both candidates can participate on October 22 and October 29, according to The Hill.

Biden’s campaign shrugged the idea off, saying that Trump should not be able to change the schedule.

“We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate in 40 years,” said Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. “Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice.”

The ABC town hall, set to occur on Thursday, October 15, will be Biden’s second town hall event in recent weeks, the first in Miami last Monday.

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  1. Dave In Arizona

    October 10, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Will Sleepy Joe be reading the answers off a teleprompter. Has ABC send the DNC the proposed ‘questions’?

  2. Flygirl

    October 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Turn it off and keep it off! Tell your friends and family boycott it! Do not watch! Let’s see how low ratings are! That will tell you a lot!

  3. MST

    October 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    I’m not surprised biden wouldn’t debate in person. Everyone is knew he was looking for a way out because Pelosi didn’t want him debating

  4. Paul Ruthfield

    October 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Ludicrous….Let’s see how many people even tune it in. I know I won’t!

  5. Scott

    October 12, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Wow a scripted teleprompter “town hall’ hosted by Snuffaluffagous, social distancing should NOT be a problem for that highly anticipated event. MAGA ???????????????????? Fill That Seat ????????

  6. Barbara Quigley

    October 12, 2020 at 12:41 am

    If done that way, Biden can have a teleprompter there and speech writers who can script his answers and noone will be the wiser. Of course he wants this. He’s afraid of meeting Trump face to face

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Obtained Emails on Election Night Heighten Georgia’s Mysterious Ballot-Counting

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Just the News has obtained internal emails from election workers in Georgia’s Fulton County has increased confusion and mystery regarding the November presidential elections. As a reminder, Just the News writes, “Uncertainty arose regarding the ballot processing operation at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena on and after Election Night, when ballot-scanning apparently continued even after most election workers had reportedly been sent home.”

Affidavits from Election Night poll workers state they were directed by officials to stop working around 10:30 pm on November 3rd, and return at 8:30 am the next day. Multiple local and national media outlets reported absentee ballot counting stopped around 10:30 pm and cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller.

In truth, counting at the State Farm Arena continued past 10:30 pm. Waller herself told JTN in December that contrary to media reports, many citing her, that she had “stated to all media…that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”

Through an open records request, JTN obtained a few suspect emails, in which Waller does in fact state counting ended at around 10:30 pm. The email, timestamped at 10:22 pm on Nov. 3, addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain stated, “the workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.”

When reached for comment via email, Waller only stated the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return” but did not respond to a request to see the original email to which she was responding. So then why did she keep a “small” team behind?

Another email from Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun timestamped at 11:15 pm that same night, almost an hour after Waller said counting stopped, Phillips-Calhoun’s email may suggest otherwise. “FYI-[the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on the results.”

Phillips-Calhoun’s email was sent to Waller and several other county staffers. Phillips-Calhoun did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the message specify which statement from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to.

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Pro-Trump super PAC rebrands to ‘stop Joe’s corruption, socialist agenda, liberalism’

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

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A super PAC that heavily supported President Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign is changing its direction to focus on the new administration. 

The Committee to Defend the President officially rebranded itself on Wednesday as Joe Biden takes office. Its mission is now aimed at taking down the incoming democrat. 

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

During the 2020 campaign cycle, the PAC reportedly raised more than $16 million to support Trump and his “America First policy agenda, BizPacReview reports. The group will now focus on “undermining” Biden’s agenda. 

“NEW NAME. SAME MISSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT & STOP JOE’s Corruption…Socialist Agenda…Liberalism,” the website says. 

The committee told Fox News it plans to match its 2020 fundraising during the 2022 election cycle, and pledges a seven-figure investment “to expose the Biden-Harris administration and other Democrats for their left-wing politics.” 

The group will push new ads, opposition research, social media engagement, and “other innovative tactics.” 

The PAC’s “new mission is to save Americans from the radical, dangerous policies of the Biden-Harris administration,” Ted Harvey, the group’s chairman, said. 

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work around the clock to reverse the unprecedented progress of the Trump presidency,” Harvey added. 

“From day one, we simply cannot let that happen. It is our patriotic duty to work around the clock and stop them – before the damage done to America becomes irreversible,” he said. 

But, this isn’t the first time the PAC has switched gears. 

Founded in 2013, it was originally called the Stop Hillary Pac, according to BizPacReview. 

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