University of Michigan Withdraws as Host of Presidential Debate

The University of Michigan is canceling its commitment to host one of three scheduled presidential debates between President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MORE and former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump seeks to meet immigration press across court Trump says Obama may have committed treason Poll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 career points and police MORE, citing health concerns.

“Given the scale and complexity of the work we are doing to help ensure a safe and healthy drop for our limited students, faculty and staff, and visitors, and in consideration of public health guidelines in our state, as well as the advice of our own experts “We believe that it is not feasible for us to safely organize the presidential debate as planned,” university president Mark Schlissel said in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the school’s decision. The newspaper noted that while the university tentatively plans to resume in-person learning for the fall semester, authorities have said numerous classes will be partially or fully online, and Schlissel has said it would be a “public health information” semester. .

Officials decided that, during the current coronavirus pandemic, the number of media, campaign officials and supporters flocking to the campus would pose a threat of infection, according to Free Press.

The university was to organize the penultimate debate of the general elections on October 15. It would have been the first general election debate in Michigan since 1992, when President George HW Bush, Governor of Arkansas. Bill clintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton Katy Lueders now has the job of making the NASA moon landing in 2024 happen. Where are the leaders raising America? Cuomo says he wouldn’t take a Biden Cabinet position if asked MORE and businessman Ross Perot debated at Michigan State University.

The development comes as the Trump re-election campaign has fueled a fourth debate in addition to the three already-planned presidential debates. A single debate is also planned between Vice President Pence and Biden’s running mate to be determined.

Biden’s campaign has said it will not accept an additional presidential debate.

“Our position is direct and clear: Joe Biden will accept the debates of the Commission, on the dates of the Commission, under the format established by the Commission and the independent election of the moderators of the Commission,” said Biden’s campaign manager. Jen O’Malley Dillon in a letter to the Commission. on presidential debates. “Donald Trump and Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence Night Health Care: Trump Refuses to Say If He Slowed Coronavirus Testing | COVID-19 cases in the United States are increasing, marking an ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials will testify to the continuing dangers of the coronavirus pandemic. Cases of US COVID-19. USA They increase, marking an ugly contrast with Europe Trump’s demonstration on Saturday offers the record 7.7 million viewers on Fox News MORE should do the same. “

Currently, the first and third debates, to be held at Indiana University of Notre Dame on September 15 and Belmont University in Nashville on October 22, respectively, remain on the calendar.

This report was updated at 9:20 am