Update (1140ET): Joe Biden's campaign just released a statement saying he would find "an appropriate place" to take questions directly from voters on Oct. 15 instead of debating Trump. The campaign also added that it hoped the debate commission would agree to moving the debate to Oct. 22 to give President Trump more time to recover from the virus.
New stmt from @JoeBiden campaign: "Joe Biden will find an appropriate place to take questions from voters directly on October 15th...Given the President's refusal to participate on October 15th, we hope the Debate Commission will move the Biden-Trump Town Hall to October 22nd." pic.twitter.com/oFOcKU4qG9— Moeko Nitohbe (@mokochita) October 8, 2020
Update (0805ET): Well that didn't take long - as we suspected - President Trump said on Foxthat the decision to change the format for the next presidential debate to virtual "is not acceptable to us," adding that "I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate, that's not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it's ridiculous."
"I'm not gonna waste my time on a virtual debate," Trump announces on Fox Business pic.twitter.com/OgHGlJ53wb— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) October 8, 2020