Sen. McConnell: They can work out presidential debates remotely

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATED 12:00 PM PT – Friday, October 2, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged President Trump and Joe Biden to move forward with this year’s presidential debates. On Friday, the Kentucky senator noted the importance of the debates and  suggested the candidates hold them remotely.

The President’s recent coronavirus diagnosis has many Americans concerned over the status of the debates, which are seen as an integral part of the election cycle.

McConnell has said he would like to see the debate move forward, regardless of whether or not it needs to be held virtually.

“I think it should go forward, hopefully the President feels up to it,” he stated. “You know, they can work this out remotely, we’re doing an awful lot of things remotely these days because of the coronavirus.”

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, with moderator Chris Wallace, center, of Fox News participate in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

So far, neither President Trump nor Joe Biden has signaled whether or not they would proceed with a virtual debate. Both candidates are scheduled to meet again on October 15th.

Meanwhile, the vice presidential debate with Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is still slated for next week.

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