The Latest: Trump refusing to do a virtual debate with Biden

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NBC news chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, right, is lit for the cameras outside the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):

8:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump, who has the coronavirus, says he will not participate in next week’s presidential debate if it’s held virtually.

Trump says in a Fox Business interview that that arrangement is “not acceptable to us.”

And he’s accusing moderators of trying to protect his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates had announced moments earlier that the second debate between Trump and Biden will take place virtually because of the president’s diagnosis of COVID-19.

The commission cited a need “to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate” and said the candidates would “participate from separate remote locations” while the participants and moderator remain in Miami.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2020)

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