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Fewer fireworks at final debate

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/22/20, 11:38 pm

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden had a more civil encounter on Thursday night at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., than at their last debate on Sept. 29. They interrupted each other less and stuck closer to their campaign talking points on healthcare, immigration, race, and climate change.

What were the highlights? When moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News opened the debate with a question about the coronavirus pandemic, Trump touted U.S. progress toward a vaccine and said the new wave of cases around the country would soon be gone. Biden blamed the president for COVID-19 deaths and said as president he would encourage people to wear a mask all the time. Biden also blamed Russia for the emergence of a hard drive with emails between his son Hunter and Ukrainian and Chinese businessmen, while Trump said the emails on the drive revealed the Bidens profited personally from the former vice president’s position. Welker pressed Trump on his immigration policy that led to children’s separation from their parents, but Trump said Biden and former President Barack Obama’s administration built cages to hold immigrants. On racial tensions, Biden defended the Obama administration’s work to help those with drug addictions. Trump praised the criminal justice reform bill he signed and said, “I am the least racist person in this room.”

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew on the reliability of polls ahead of the 2020 election.


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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 10/23/2020 07:53 am

    I saw a very small part of the debate, but during the part I saw the "moderator" would say I am going to change the subject now everytime Trump spoke and then Biden would speak on the same subject. She did it more than once on the same subject. Why didn't she just have Biden give a speech and wave the American flag while he spoke. ralph

    One point I wish Trump had made about the Mayors and Govs who want money to rebuild their towns and states who let the rioters burn it all down in the name of free speech is that they did not defend their places. Trump offered to help. They should NOT have let those rioters burn and destroy homes and businesses. Did they figure they could get billions to rebuild? Why? Because they called up Pelosi their commander who promised she would take care of them. They will just burn it down again no matter who wins the election. They will because they get paid to riot. They are trained and equipped to do so. 

     

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 10/23/2020 07:59 am

    Why is it always Russia's fault? Why don't they blame China? Very odd.

     

     

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 10/23/2020 03:02 pm

    President Trump has been friendly towards Putin and Russia. So the left tries to say Trump and the Russians are working together to help Trump win. 

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