University of Michigan Cancels October Presidential Debate, Citing Public Health Concerns

The University of Michigan is canceling a previously planned debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent in the 2020 race, former Vice President Joe Biden, over health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit Free Press first reported.

The debate was to be held on Oct. 15.

“Given the scale and complexity of the work we are undertaking to help assure a safe and healthy fall for our students, faculty and staff and limited visitors — and in consideration of the public health guidelines in our state as well as advice from our own experts — we feel it is not feasible for us to safely host the presidential debate as planned,” U of M President Mark Schlissel said in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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