At this point, are there still plans to hold a series of Presidential debates this fall?
I don’t see any reason why you can’t have them. You don’t need an audience, and in fact I think it would be better to not have the peanut gallery whooping and cheering. You can have the debate in a TV studio and easily keep the two candidates and the moderator(s) a safe distance apart from each other.
They could even do a town hall style debate, just have people call in or text/email questions.
Presidential debates have jumped the shark years ago. They are entirely pointless, they sway virtually no votes, they’re a colossal wast of time. Everybody thinks their guy wins. They’re nothing but joint press conferences and the questions are generally ill thought out and superficial. I hope this year they are not held and are never held again.
As things stand now, I don’t see debates happening. But as Trump, in ALL of his wisdom would say: “Maybe there will be, and maybe there won’t. We’ll see.”
I’d be stunned to learn that there are actually people who would require debates of Trump vs. Biden to figure out where they stand.
I read an article a few months back, unfortunately I can’t remember where exactly, that was written by someone who worked on League of Women Voters candidate debates at the local level. The article basically talked about the rules for LWV sponsored debates and why they stopped sponsoring the presidential debates. Both parties tried to add so many rules and conditions that LWV backed out of the whole thing altogether. And the thing is, the rules were totally sensible, like no audience cheering, no interrupting while someone is speaking, everyone gets a chance to respond. Which I guess is why the parties and the networks found them unreasonable. That’s the kind of debate I’d like to see. (If I can find that article I’ll post a link.)
The question behind my OP though wasn’t whether we should have them at all, but more a question of whether they would be cancelled or have their format changed significantly due to coronavirus.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Biden and Trump both decided not to participate, for whatever reason.
I foresee any “debate” (they ain’t really debates) season to coincide with the next wave of COVID contagion and spiking death counts. These “debates” will be Zoom affairs with candidates and moderators staying safely home. One or more entities will hack the signals so nobody will be sure exactly what happens. Whoever has the best FX wizards will win. Watch the fat golden goose laying eggs! See the tired old man snoring while standing! Maybe one will debate an empty chair. We can only hope…
I predict that 45 will back out of the debates and then claim that it was Biden who backed out. I only think that specific combination has around a 25% chance of occuring but for any other candidate in history it would be unthinkable.
If Biden and his team can come us with some excuse that they think will be even halfway believable they will likely try to duck out. I really don’t blame them… do you? Joe’s been slipping for a while now. He doesn’t think fast and he can’t keep his train of thought for very long. It hurts to watch and I’m not a Biden fan.
And even if he did have all his faculties he doesn’t have a good track record. ( Even excluding Tara Reade ) He’s gonna try to bail.