No Audience at Biden-Sanders Debate Due to Coronavirus

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina on February 25, 2020.Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Democratic debate on Sunday won’t just feature fewer candidates than before, it will also be without an audience. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Democratic National Committee and CNN announced Tuesday that the upcoming debate on Sunday between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden will no longer have a live audience, nor will reporters meet with campaign representatives after the debate in what is referred to as the spin room, nor a designated area for reporters to file stories.

DNC statement: “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.”
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 10, 2020

Both Sanders and Biden canceled rallies in Cleveland on Tuesday over growing fears about the coronavirus.
But President Donald Trump seems to be throwing caution to the wind. On Tuesday, his campaign announced it would hold a rally in Milwaukee on March 19.

And amid warnings from his own administration, and about an hour after this Pence comment, the Trump campaign announces March 19 campaign rally in Milwaukee
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 10, 2020