Biden, Sanders to skip live audience at next debate due to coronavirus fears

Sanders and Biden both cancelled rallies in Ohio on Tuesday

Biden and Sanders at South Carolina debate February 2020
Biden and Sanders at South Carolina debate February 2020
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March 10, 2020 - 11:28pm

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The next Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be devoid of a live audience due to the ongoing coronavirus health scare that continues to impact people across the nation.

The Democratic National Committee made the announcement Tuesday, several days before the Arizona debate slated for Sunday.

“At the request of both campaigns and out of an abundance of caution, there will be no live audience at the Arizona debate taking place on Sunday, March 15th,” the statement said.

Both of the top Democratic primary contenders cancelled rallies they were planning to hold in Ohio on Tuesday.

Biden has also cancelled plans to be in Tampa, Florida on Thursday and will instead speak in Delaware about the coronavirus.

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