Biden, Sanders debate moved from Arizona to Washington TV studio

Move from live audience venue result of coronavirus

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Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden at a February 2020 debate in South Carolina
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March 12, 2020 - 7:16pm

The live-audience presidential primary debate scheduled for Sunday night in Arizona has been moved to a TV studio in Washington, D.C., the Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

The move is in response to the coronavirus outbreak and efforts to slow its spread by cancelling public events. 

“Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at CNN’s studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience,” the DNC said. 

The debate will be between frontrunner Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s in second place.

The DNC also said Univision anchor and moderator Jorge Ramos has concerns about having been exposed to the virus and has decided not to participate in the debate.