It’s a smart message, even if there’s not much reason for Joe Biden to subject himself to another debate. With Donald Trump hospitalized for a COVID-19 infection, it’s not at all clear that he’ll be available for the next debate, which will take place ten days from today. If Trump has to isolate for a couple of weeks, then Biden’s off the hook for this decision.
If not, though, Biden’s campaign has committed him to show up for another bout with Trump after a universally panned first match-up. Why do it a second time, especially after Biden proved everything he needed to prove last week? For one thing, senior campaign adviser told CNN’s Jake Tapper on yesterday’s State of the Union, “Biden loves a good town hall”:
Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders says, "We are looking forward to the debate on October 15th in Miami. … We are hoping that President Trump can participate … but Joe Biden will be at that debate" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/WGPIXfiPoL
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