DCR Politics: Campaigns spar over timing of the debate after Trump rejects virtual event.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

The campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden traded recriminations and proposals Thursday over the timing of a second presidential debate after Trump rejected a decision by a nonpartisan panel to hold a town hall style event on October 15 virtually instead of in person.

Both campaigns are focusing on Western battleground states. Biden joined his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), for events in Arizona. Vice President Pence touched down in the state after an appearance in Nevada. Trump was in D.C. as he continued to recover from the coronavirus, working from the Oval Office in the afternoon. Trump’s physician said he expected Trump to return to “public engagements” by Saturday.

Biden and Pence tested negative for the coronavirus Thursday, aides said.

Biden leads Trump by 11 percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 42 percent, according to an average of national polls since Sept. 16. Biden’s margin is smaller in key states: eight points in Pennsylvania, seven in Wisconsin and Michigan and three and Arizona and Florida.

Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that he’s hoping to hold a campaign rally on Saturday, and dodged questions about whether he’s tested negative for the coronavirus since his positive diagnosis and hospitalization.

The president said he would like to hold a rally Saturday night in Florida and then one in Pennsylvania, two states crucial to his reelection. Pressed again on the coronavirus test question, Trump seemed to say he hadn’t taken one yet, but said he would probably get one on Friday. “Well, what we’re doing, probably the test will be tomorrow, the actual test,” Trump said, adding that he has “very little infection or virus.”

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