Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that there should not be a second debate if President Donald Trump is still infected with the coronavirus, CNN reports.
"Well, I think if he still has Covid, we shouldn't have a debate," Biden told reporters on Tuesday. "I think we're gonna have to follow very strict guidelines. Too many people have been infected and it's a very serious problem."
"And so I'll be guided by the guidelines of the Cleveland Clinic, and what the docs say is the right thing to do -- if and when he shows up for debate,” he added.
"I'm looking forward to being able to debate him. But I just hope all the protocols are followed, what's necessary at the time," he said.
Trump plans to show up regardless:
Trump said that he wants to debate despite his coronavirus diagnosis, prompting the Debate Commission to consider holding a virtual debate.
"The Commission, including me, is certainly open to virtual operations of the debates, without question," one commissioner told CNN.
Biden on Monday said Trump was to blame for his illness.
"Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying, 'masks don't matter, social distancing doesn't matter,' I think is responsible for what happens to them," he said.
Biden gives big speech at Gettysburg:
Biden gave a rare speech at Gettysburg while Trump recovers from the coronavirus at the White House.
Biden called for bipartisanship and unity, not mentioning Trump at all.
“[Lincoln] taught us this: A house divided could not stand. That is a great and timeless truth," he said. "Today, once again, we're at a house divided. But that, my friends, can no longer be. We are facing too many crises, we have too much work to do, we have too bright a future to have it shipwrecked on the shores of anger and hate and division.”
"Too many Americans seek not to overcome our divisions, but to deepen them," he added. "We must seek not to build walls, but bridges. We must seek not to have our fists clinched but our arms open. We have to seek not to tear each other apart. We have to seek to come together."