2nd And 3rd Debates In Doubt As Trump-Biden Fight Over Details

Even before President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis there were questions about whether there would be a second presidential debate. Trump answered that question Thursday morning when he refused to participate in a virtual format and now, that has raised doubts about the third and final debate.

"I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate," Trump told Fox Business. "That's not what debating's all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate—it's ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want."

Republican strategist Ford O'Connell argued that a lot can still happen in the 26 days before the election. That's why the Trump campaign is pushing for three in-person debates and why, earlier in the season, it requested four.

"Trump wants the American people to see Biden as much as possible," O'Connell said. "The Biden team, because they have a leg-up currently in the polls, know that the more time you subject yourself to that scrutiny, the more chance for a screwup, where Trump has very little to lose by trying different things," O'Connell said.

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at WJLA

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