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Tell Debate Commission that an In-Person Debate is Safe and Essential

Dear AAPS Members and Friends,

The Commission on Presidential Debates is trying to put its thumb on the election again—this time by refusing to hold an in-person debate and insisting that the next debate be held virtually. 

There is no good reason to not hold the debate with the candidates appearing in person so that Americans can better judge who is fit for office.

Physicians, please take a quick minute now to write the Commission to let them know that it is safe and essential to hold the debate in person.

For most email apps, clicking here will launch a new message with suggested wording to send to the commission. Please feel free to modify the wording to your liking. You can also view a sample letter, from AAPS Past President Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD for other ideas of what you might include.

If the above link doesn’t work for you, you can copy and paste the message below into your email app.

To: [email protected], [email protected]

Subject: An In-Person Debate is Safe and Essential

Dear Commission on Presidential Debates,

I am a physician requesting that the Commission reverse its decision and hold an in-person debate. It can be held safely in person and it is essential to do so. A virtual debate is unacceptable. Not only do Americans deserve an opportunity to best evaluate which candidate is most fit for leading our nation, but canceling the in-person debate is not supported by the evidence. In fact, CDC guidelines support the safety of holding a live, in-person, debate. Thank you for considering this important request.

Thank you for speaking out! If you are a non-physician, we encourage you to write in too.


P.S. If you’re on Twitter, please retweet our message to the debate commission: https://twitter.com/AAPSonline/status/1314226059718533122 and tag @debates with your own tweet.

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