The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he and President Donald Trump “ shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains positive for the coronavirus.
Biden said Tuesday that he’s “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “ we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.” He says he doesn’t know Trump’s status since the president returned to the White House after being hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for three days after a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Biden told reporters while boarding his plane back to Delaware in Hagerstown, Maryland: “ I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn’t have a debate.”
The next debate is scheduled for Oct. 15, with a third debate slated for Oct. 22.
Biden’s campaign says he tested negative for COVID-19 earlier Tuesday.
Earlier in Gettysburg, Biden said the U. S. doesn’t have to choose between “law and order” and racial justice.
Biden cited “instances of excessive police force” and “ heart- wrenching cases of racial injustice” that have inspired peaceful protests across the country. Biden says instances of violence and burning during some demonstrations “ cannot be tolerated” but also should not obscure the larger issues.
Trump is campaigning as a “law and order” president and blasting racial justice protests as violent anarchy in U. S. cities led by Democrats. And the president has falsely accused Biden of calling to “defund the police” across the country.
Biden says he believes “ in law and order” and has “never supported defunding the police.” But he said he also believes that “injustice is real” and rooted in 400 years of history that includes slavery, Jim Crow segregation and a fundamentally uneven economy. Biden said anyone who doesn’t see the effects of that history today hasn’t “opened your eyes to the truth in America.”