The University of Michigan refused to accept the presidential debate.
The University of Michigan on Tuesday refused to hold a pre-election TV debate of presidential candidates scheduled for October, expressing concern that it would be unsafe amid the lifting of quarantine restrictions.
The second debate between Republican Donald Trump and his rival, Democrat Joe Biden, scheduled for October 15, will be held at the Adriana Arsht center in Miami, the Commission on presidential debates reported.
More than 97,000 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Florida, and the number of new infections has soared after the state quickly lifted restrictions. In Michigan, more than 67,000 confirmed cases have been reported since March, but fewer new cases have been seen in recent weeks.
“Given the scale and complexity of the work we are doing to provide a safe and healthy environment this fall for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as a limited number of visitors… we do not believe it is safe to hold the presidential debate as planned,” Schlissel wrote.
With Trump currently trailing Biden in most national opinion polls, the President’s campaign staff said last week that it wants to hold more of the planned three debates and start them earlier. Biden’s team quickly rejected these requests.
Biden’s campaign Manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, wrote to the debate Commission on Monday, saying Biden is willing to stick to the current debate schedule, which includes three rounds for presidential candidates and one for vice presidential candidates. The debate will be held from September 29 to October 22. Biden’s staff also wants assurances from the Commission that it is taking appropriate action in connection with COVID-19.