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Trump, Biden agree to postpone 2nd debate to hold it in-person

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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has agreed to former Vice President Joe Biden‘s proposal to delay the second presidential debate so that they can be held in person, following President Trump refusing Thursday morning to participate in what was supposed to be a virtual town hall debate next week.

“The American people should not be deprived of the chance to see the two candidates for president debate face to face two more times just because the Commission of Presidential Debates wants to protect Joe Biden,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in the statement.

“As President Trump said, a virtual debate is a non-starter and would clearly be a gift to Biden because he would be relying on his teleprompter from his basement bunker,” Stepien continued. “Voters should have the opportunity to directly question Biden’s 47-year failed record of leadership. We agree that this should happen on October 22, and accordingly, the third debate should then be shifted back one week to October 29.”

The second presidential debate features the candidates answering direct questions from undecided voters. Because of President Trump contracting COVID-19 last week, the CPD announced that the debate would instead be virtual to prevent him from spreading the virus. As mentioned before, Trump vehemently opposed this format change.

The Biden campaign had asked the CPD to move the second debate to October 22. However, they have rejected the request of Trump’s team to hold the third one on October 29.

This agreement between the two campaigns puts to rest the uncertainty about how the candidates would go about campaigning for the remaining 26 days until the election.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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