At last, a somewhat civil debate between Trump and Biden

Tanya Simon
October 23, 2020

In order to avoid having to experience Trump and Biden interrupting each other during tonight's debate - as happened at the first debate on 29 September - the US Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday that the candidates would have their microphones turned off while their opponent has his two-minute say on each of the debate's major six topics.

The mute button is not being used, however, for the remaining 11 minutes of each segment, so there is still plenty of opportunity for the candidates to mix it up.

Welker asked each candidate a series of questions on policy, giving each one an uninterrupted two minutes to respond and then allowing for a back-and-forth debate. Trump jumped on that, saying that trying was not good enough. A record 42 million Americans have already cast ballots ahead of the debate in Nashville, Tennessee, meaning Trump's window to influence the outcome of the race may be closing.

A second debate planned for October 15 was cancelled after Trump came down with Covid-19 and declined to take part in a virtual debate.

"I caught it, I learned a lot". A debate moderator need only hold up the front page of any major daily in the country from any given day and say to Trump, "Dude, explain this", and the night would collapse into yet another festival of self-serving glop. "I don't make money from Ukraine, you do", Mr Trump said. "It's not a guarantee", he clarified.

"We're rounding the turn".

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"Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents who has a modern history", Joe Biden shot back shortly after. "If we just wore masks, we could save 100,000 lives", he said. "Trump's imperative in this debate is to expand his base - yet he's preaching to the choir". For this one, they arrived with masks on. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Biden called them false and discredited.

"The only people who are better off than they were four years ago are the billionaires who got his tax cuts", he said, and slammed Mr Trump for refusing to expand financial relief for families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

It's been a striking comeback for the challenger, since Trump has been president for almost four years and Biden secured his party's nomination only a little over six months ago. It was seriously powerful to see Biden refute Trump dumping on Democratic governors and cities by saying he would be a president for all of America. He told Trump to "release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption".

Trump was left to air old grievances about the Internal Revenue Service, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others who he thought were treating him unfairly. "I get treated very badly by the IRS, very unfairly", he said. Addressing viewers, he said: "It's not about his family and my family". It's about your family. Moderator Kristen Welker asked the President to respond to the Democrat's comments on foreign interference in the upcoming election, where Mr Trump launched an attack on Mr Biden about his alleged links to Russian Federation.

Current polls show Trump trailing in most national polls by a 6 to 10 percent margin and trailing in three key states that he won in 2016: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and MI - though Trump did outperform poll numbers during the 2016 election.

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