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Editorial: Debating the canceled debate

Editorial: Debating the canceled debate
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  • On October 16, 2020

From The Lookout Staff

After President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, there was much discussion surrounding the status of the second presidential debate. The debate was supposed to take place Thursday, Oct. 15.

The Commission on Presidential Debates initially announced the second presidential debate would take place remotely. However, President Trump refused to take part unless it was held in-person.

The staff of The Lookout think the cancelation of the second debate was unnecessary and that it should have been held virtually. We are living in a technological age that allows us to connect with one another more than ever before.

The Lookout staff thinks President Trump’s refusal to participate in a safer, virtual debate is absurd considering he tested positive for COVID two weeks ago.

For “on the fence” voters, the weeks leading up to the election are crucial, and the debates can be a deciding factor in the candidate they choose.

Considering the chaotic behavior demonstrated (by both parties) during the first debate, undecided voters could have benefited from a second.

Joe Biden opted to hold a Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 15, in place of the second debate. This time, Americans asked the questions.

In an act of petty retaliation, President Trump held his own meeting – at the same time, so the American people were forced to watch one or the other.

With the final debate scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, The Lookout staff isn’t holding its breath for this one to have a better outcome.