Even before the news that Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the Biden campaign had been pressing the Commission on Presidential Debates to change the format of the vice-presidential exchange and require the candidates to be standing about 12 feet apart rather than seated about six feet apart, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Pence’s team has wanted the debate to be seated, following the tradition of other recent vice-presidential debates, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

But Biden’s team believes the news about Trump will prompt the commission to reconsider. “The pressure is on the commission to err on the side of safety right now,” said the person, who was not authorized to publicly discuss internal campaign deliberations.

The Washington Post


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