The Trump campaign said Thursday that the president would participate in the second and third debates, but that it does not support changing the format. Campaign officials also accused the leadership of the Commission on Presidential Debates of bias against President Trump.

Trump and Joe Biden are both focused Thursday on raising money for the final stretch of the race, with the Republican incumbent hosting an event at his golf club in New Jersey and the Democratic nominee holding a virtual fundraiser.

Meanwhile, both of their running mates are seeking to shore up support in the Midwest. Vice President Pence is in Iowa, while Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is scheduled to virtually address a Democratic dinner in Minnesota.

The Biden campaign also said Thursday that in battleground states, it would resume some door-knocking and other direct contact with voters that it had avoided for months because of the pandemic.

With 33 days until the election …

  • Trump’s belligerent debate performance stoked fears among Republicans about November.
  • Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the Trump campaign should resist any changes in format that would make the presidential debates “softer and easier and nicer.”
  • Back in his comfort zone, Biden hit Amtrak and the campaign trail.
  • Trump plans big Wisconsin rallies this weekend despite calls by the White House coronavirus task force for “maximal” social distancing in the state.
  • Biden leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is the same in Pennsylvania and smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin and Michigan, five in Arizona and one in Florida.