The Democratic candidate told the debate in Nashville, Tennessee, “Whoever is responsible for these many deaths should not remain President of the United States of America.
“He says we’re learning, you know, to live with it. People learn to die with it. ”
Mr. Trump responded by saying, “We’re turning the corner. He is leaving ”, adding that“ we cannot close our nation or we will not have one ”.
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The couple also clashed in the second section of the debate, on national security. They were both asked about the news Iran and Russia got Information on voter registration in the United States in an attempt to interfere with the election.
Mr Biden said these countries “will pay a price if I am elected” and asserted that Moscow does not want him to be elected because “I know them and they know me”.
Mr Trump alleged that Mr Biden received $ 3.5 million from Russia and insisted that “no one has been harder than me on Russia”.
He added: “You were getting a lot of money from Russia… you probably still are. “
Mr. Biden replied, “I haven’t taken a dime from any foreign source in my life. He called on Mr. Trump to release his tax returns or “stop talking about corruption”, with the Republican candidate claiming he was told he had “prepaid tens of millions of dollars” and that $ 750 of taxes he claimed to have paid in 2017 was a “filing tax”.
Mr Trump has raised the issue of Mr Biden’s son, Hunter, and claims he received a large salary from a Ukrainian company.
Mr Biden replied that the accusation had been investigated several times and had not linked him to any wrongdoing. He also pointed out that impeachment proceedings had been initiated following the president’s attempt to pressure the Ukrainian president to find potentially damaging information about the Biden family.
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Race relations in America were also one of the topics, with the two clashing over immigrants being held at screening facilities after crossing the border, including children separated from their parents.
Mr. Biden called the current president “one of the most racist presidents we have had in modern history”, with Mr. Trump saying he was “the least racist person in this room.”
The race discussion lasted for several minutes, with Mr Biden accusing his rival of harassing the race, adding that the president “had a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn.”
Mr Trump said the Democrat had four years as vice president to fight racism, but failed to do so, adding: “You’re all talking and no action, Joe. ”
The two also argued over climate change and the United States’ dependence on oil. Mr Biden said the United States needs to embrace clean energy and gradually move away from oil, with Mr Trump taking up the remark and asking if voters in oil-producing states like Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were listening.
Opinion polls show that most Americans disapprove of Mr. Trump’s response to the virus.
The final debate is one of the last opportunities for both candidates to make gains in a campaign dominated by the COVID-19[feminine[feminine pandemic, which has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States and devastated the economy.
Mr Biden leads Mr Trump by eight percentage points in the latest Reuters / Ipsos national poll, conducted between October 20 and October 22. This lead has narrowed slightly in recent weeks.
This final debate was much more civil and substantive than when the candidates clashed in September, where Mr. Trump made constant interruptions and exchanges of personal insults between the two men largely dominated the event.
But the two men differed in their approach to the topics, with Mr. Biden looking at the camera and appearing confident on key issues and Mr. Trump attacking his opponent or appealing to his grassroots support while he was under scrutiny.
It contained six sections, including the response to COVID-19, national security, American families, race in America, climate change and leadership.
The microphone of both candidates was this time turned off while the opponent made a two-minute opening statement on the six topics.