Joe Biden is ready to rumble, and it looks like President Donald Trump is too.
As the president prepares to leave Walter Reed hospital after being treated for the coronavirus, his rival said Monday that he will debate the president next week — provided that “science” and the president’s health allow it.
Biden “looking forward” to debate in Miami
President Trump announced early Friday that he was sickened with the coronavirus, prompting alarm and speculation about how his illness might impact the remaining weeks of the 2020 presidential race.
Biden, who has tested negative for the virus, wished Trump a speedy recovery and said through his campaign that he would debate Trump again in Miami on October 15, as long as Trump is feeling up to it.
“We are looking forward to the debate on Oct. 15 in Miami,” Biden adviser Symone Sanders said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s a town hall and, as you know, Vice President Biden loves a good town hall.”
However, Biden himself sounded more cautious Monday while speaking with reporters, as he deferred to “the experts” to make a call.
“If the scientists say that it’s safe and the distances are safe, then I think that’s fine. I’ll do whatever the experts say is the appropriate thing to do,” Biden said.
Trump extremely optimistic
Both Trump and Biden are in their 70s, which places them in an age group at greater risk from the virus. Trump’s diagnosis caused much concern, and he was reported to receive treatment with steroids and supplemental oxygen during his hospital stay.
But the president’s spirits didn’t seem the least bit diminished in video messages thanking Americans for their support, and on Monday he announced that he would be leaving the hospital in a surprise tweet brimming with Trumpian enthusiasm.
Contrasting with Biden’s take on the virus, Trump said, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.,” he tweeted. “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
While it remains to be seen what happens next, it is looking more likely that Trump will be back on the debate stage before long.