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University of Michigan pulls out of Trump-Biden TV debate; October debate set for Miami

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The University of Michigan on Tuesday pulled out of hosting a televised presidential debate in October, expressing concern it could not safely stage the event while reopening after a coronavirus lockdown.

The Oct. 15 event, scheduled to be the second debate between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, ahead of the Nov. 3 election, will now be held in Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement.

Florida has reported more than 97,000 cases of the coronavirus, and new cases appear to be spiking after the state moved quickly to reopen, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort. Michigan has seen more than 67,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since March, but has seen fewer new cases in recent weeks.

23 June 2020

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