WASHINGTON – After Thursday’s scheduled campaign debate between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden was canceled, candidates have decided to hold parallel Q&A meetings with voters.
NBC News reported Thursday night that it will broadcast Trump’s meeting with voters in Miami, Florida.
ABC News has previously scheduled a broadcast of the meeting with Biden at the same time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Florida and Pennsylvania are the key “swing states” for both candidates in the November 3 elections.
By how many viewers will watch the broadcast of a particular meeting, it will be possible to judge (although this has no scientific basis) which of the candidates the voters prefer.
Nearly 12 million Americans have already taken part in early voting in most US states. Many voted ahead of schedule due to increased interest in the campaign, while others wanted to avoid long lines on election day and personal contact with other voters during the coronavirus pandemic.
The two candidates were supposed to meet face to face on Thursday evening. But Trump pulled out of the debate after an independent committee on presidential debate unilaterally decided it would be virtual.
The commission made the decision amid questions about Trump’s health after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Shortly thereafter, Biden scheduled his voter meeting on ABC, and the debate was later officially canceled. Another debate between them is still scheduled to take place on October 22, 12 days before the elections.
NBC reported that it only agreed to broadcast the meeting with Trump after receiving independent evidence that the president poses no health risks to voters who attend the meeting, as well as the film crew and moderator.