ABC News will host a town hall with former Vice President Joe Biden next week during the same timeslot as the second presidential debate was supposed to be held, after President Donald Trump very publicly announced he would not attend.
The Commission on Presidential Debates had announced earlier Thursday that the next debate would be virtual "to protect the health and safety of all involved".
Biden's reaction comes hours after Trump said he refused to "waste his time" on a virtual debate.
Meanwhile, Stepien urged the debate panel to reschedule the second face-off between Trump and Biden for October 22 and the third for October 29, both in-person.
The Trump campaign has requested both debates be pushed back a week to allow all three events to proceed. Last night's VP debate took place in person (Pence has tested negative for the virus at last check), but did include 12 feet of separation between the VP and Democrat Kamala Harris, as well as the use of plastic dividers.
Trump's campaign also said the third planned presidential debate should be moved from October 22 to October 29.
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"I'm not going to do a virtual debate", Trump said Thursday morning.
In response to Trump's refusal to participate the October 15 debate, the Biden campaign asked the commission to change the following and final debate on October 22 to be a town hall.
Biden, who spoke at the Phoenix airport, called the president's remarks "so beneath the office of the presidency", and said "the American people are sick and exhausted of it".
"We'll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead", said Stepien, without providing details of the rally location or how the campaign would ensure there was no risk of transmitting the virus.
Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus a week ago, but in a Tuesday tweet said he looked forward to debating Biden a second time, "It will be great!" he tweeted.
"The voters should have a chance to ask questions of both candidates, directly".
The format of the debate won't change. "I will not participate in a virtual debate".
In a statement, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a person with COVID-19 should isolate from others for at least 10 days.