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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met for the second and final time on a debate stage Thursday after a previously scheduled mayoral debate was dropped after the Republican president became one of the millions of Americans to contract coronavirus.For Trump, the clash at Belmont University in Tennessee was perhaps the last opportunity to change the dynamics of a dominated race, much to his dismay, by its pandemic response and economic fallout. For Biden, it took 90 minutes to solidify an apparent lead less than two weeks before the election.

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Here are the main points to remember:

COVID-19 still a drag for Trump

Trump’s difficulty in articulating a defense of his handling of the coronavirus remains a drag on his campaign. The opening topic of the debate was quite predictable – Trump received variations of the same question in interviews and rarely delivered a clear answer.

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When asked to describe his plan for the future, Trump instead claimed his past management was flawless and predicted a rosy turnaround from the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans.

“We are turning the corner, we are turning the corner,” Trump said, even as cases climbed again across the country. “It’s going away.”








Presidential debate: Trump touts coronavirus response in opening remarks

Presidential debate: Trump touts coronavirus response in opening remarks

Biden, who sought to continue Trump’s handling of the virus in his closing address to voters, has prepared. “Whoever is responsible for these many deaths should not remain President of the United States of America,” he said.

Biden added, “He says we, you know, we learn to live with it. People learn to die with it.










Presidential debate: “Whoever is responsible for these many deaths should not remain president,” says Biden


Presidential debate: “Whoever is responsible for these many deaths should not remain president,” says Biden

Trump attacks Obamacare again

Trump and Biden have each sought to position themselves as the advocate for U.S. health care, fully aware that they ranked among the top issues for voters even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.

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But Trump’s efforts to repeal and undermine the Obama-era Affordable Care Act turned out to be a responsibility, as Biden hammered his efforts to remove coverage from tens of millions of Americans and his lack of a plan to cover those who had pre-existing conditions.

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Biden, on the other hand, fended off Trump’s attack that his Obama-era plan to strengthen the law with a ‘public option’ amounted to a step towards socialized medicine by building on his well-established public figure. – and its defeat the main Democratic rivals with more liberal health policies.

“He thinks he’s running against someone else,” Biden said. “I beat all these other people.”

Trump mitigates it

Three weeks after drawing bipartisan criticism for his frequent interruptions and harassment against his Democratic rival, Trump has adopted a more subdued tone for much of the debate.

Trump asked moderator Kristen Welker about whether to follow up on Biden’s responses – “If I can?” – rather than just jumping, and he thanked Welker several times for starting.


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Presidential debate: Biden claims Trump wasn’t ‘kidding’ about injecting bleach amid coronavirus pandemic


Presidential Debate: Biden Says Trump Wasn’t ‘Joking’ About Injecting Bleach Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

From the first question, this debate seemed different from the first round, when Trump’s relentless interruptions and missed deadlines derailed the 90-minute contest from the start.

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Of course, there were still excavations.

“We can’t lock ourselves in a basement like Joe does,” Trump said, resuming his spring and summer attacks on Biden by staying at his residence rather than campaigning in person in the middle of the pandemic.


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Presidential Debate: ‘We can’t lock ourselves in a basement like Joe does,’ Trump says of coronavirus lockdowns


Presidential Debate: ‘We can’t lock ourselves in a basement like Joe does,’ Trump says of coronavirus lockdowns

Biden smiled, laughed, and shook his head. He mocked Trump for once, suggesting that the bleach helped kill the coronavirus.

The two have had a long back and forth about their personal finances and their entanglements in family matters.

But overall, voters at home got something they didn’t get on September 29: a debate.

It marked a recognition by Trump that his explosive side was a handicap for the elderly voters and suburban women who flocked from the GOP to Democrats.

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Trump’s indirect personal attacks

In an effort to change the course of the race, Trump has reverted to a tactic that he said pushed him into the Oval Office four years ago – jerky personal attacks on his opponent.

Trump has repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations against Biden and his son Hunter in an attempt to label his rival and his family as corrupt.

“I don’t make money in China, you do. I don’t make money with Ukraine, you do, ”Trump said.

Trump has offered no tangible evidence for his claims, and he has made statements that do not stand up to scrutiny.


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Presidential debate: Biden accuses Trump of not being tough enough on Russia over election interference


Presidential debate: Biden accuses Trump of not being tough enough on Russia over election interference

When the Democrat sought to change the subject of the president’s attacks on his family to questions more relevant to voters, Trump hit back with the charge that Biden’s canned line reflected him as “just a typical politician,” adding mockingly, “Come on, Joe, you can do better.” “

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Both candidates struggled to explain why they weren’t able to accomplish more during their tenure, falling into the familiar tactic of blaming Congress for its inaction.

A larger question may be whether voters are moved at all, especially the undecided voters that the two candidates are trying to convince, especially since more than 47 million Americans have already voted.

White men and race

As centuries of institutional racism came to a head in 2020, it was a bit out of touch to watch a 74-year-old white Republican and a 77-year-old white Democrat fight for the presidency. Trump and Biden haven’t done much to dispel this disconnect.

Welker both provided multiple opportunities to speak directly to black Americans. Both men said they understand the challenges black citizens face, but the segment was mostly about blowing themselves up.

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Trump blamed Biden as an almost singular force behind the mass incarceration, especially of “young black men.” Trump called himself “the least racist person in this room” and repeated his assertion that “no one did what I did” for black Americans “except Abraham Lincoln, possibly exception”.

Biden, in disbelief, called Trump a “racist” who “fuels every racist fire.”

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Polls suggest that many young voters of color do not support Trump, but are not particularly enthusiastic about Biden either. Their final debate is unlikely to change this point of view.

Weather

Trump and Biden clashed over global climate change in the first in-depth discussion on the issue in a presidential debate in 20 years.

Biden has sounded the alarm for the world to tackle global warming, as Trump took credit for pulling the United States out of a major international deal to do just that. Trump has claimed he is trying to save American jobs, while taking credit for the purest air and water the country has known for generations – some of which are a holdover from regulations passed by his predecessor.

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Biden, tapping into an issue of particular importance to his base, called for massive investments to create new industries that are environmentally friendly. “Our health and our jobs are at stake,” he said.

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Biden also spoke of a transition in the oil industry, which Trump grabbed, asking voters in Texas and Pennsylvania if they were listening.

Foreign policy makes an appearance

Biden finally got the chance to talk a bit about foreign policy. But only a little. The former vice president loved the topic in the first months of the Democratic presidential primary, but the general election was dominated by the pandemic and other national crises.

He used it to hammer home Trump’s warm relationship with North Korean authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un. “His pal, who is a thug,” Biden said, claiming that Trump’s summit with Kim “legitimized” an adversary. United States and a potential nuclear threat.


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Presidential debate: Trump defends Kim Jong Un talks as Biden hints at Hitler


Presidential debate: Trump defends Kim Jong Un talks as Biden hints at Hitler

Trump defended his “different kind of relationship … a very good relationship” with Kim, which prompted Biden to retort that the nations “had good relations with Hitler before he invaded, in fact, the rest of the world. ‘Europe”.

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It was certainly not a deep dive into a pool of complex issues.

© 2020 The Canadian Press



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