WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Thursday that he was boycotting the second presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden in Miami after the event’s organizers made it virtual, calling it a waste of his time.
The Commission on Presidential Debates ditched their plans for the in-person event on Oct. 15 to “protect the health and safety of all involved” following a cluster of cases at the White House which infected the president himself.
The decision sparked a furious round of condemnation from Republicans who claimed that the committee was working on behalf of Democrats.
Here’s what you need to know about the organization and how they run the debates.
What is the Commission on Presidential Debates?
Televised presidential debates have been taking place since 1960 when Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy first went toe-to-toe on the small screen.
But the events themselves were never mandatory. After the Nixon-Kennedy debates, there was no match-up in 1964, or