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Trump, Biden fight for the mic in opening debate

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/29/20, 11:29 pm

President Donald Trump said his party earned the right to seat the next Supreme Court justice, while his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, said the American people should decide through their votes in the November election. During the first of three 2020 presidential debates in Cleveland, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News fought Tuesday night to maintain control as the candidates talked over each other, with Biden at one point entreating Trump, “Will you shut up, man?”

What else did the candidates say? Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying his move to suspend travel from China saved lives. He also touted the way he helped tamp down riots in U.S. cities. Biden said Trump discouraged Americans from wearing masks and practicing social distancing, which Trump answered by pulling a mask from his pocket and showing it to the audience. Biden also said African Americans suffered more from the coronavirus because of the president’s actions.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s analysis on the importance of debates in this election cycle.

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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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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/30/2020 02:25 pm

    I didn't watch. I doubt I'll watch the next debates, if any take place. Far more important to me than the candidates' personalities or debating styles, are the positions they have demonstrated on various issues. 

    Abortion is one of the most important and one on which the differences between Trump and Biden could hardly be greater. 

    Others (not necessarily in order of importance) include how we deal with foreign nations--China, Iran, North Korea, NATO Allies, etc.; bringing manufacturing jobs back to US; stopping illegal immigration; religious freedom; a military strong enough to protect us; the Second Amendment. 

    Huge differences between President Trump and Joe Biden on these too. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 10/01/2020 11:41 am

    To OldMike's fine list I would add regulatory burden, common sense stuff (boys using the girl's bathroom?!), judicial appointment philosophy and general governance ideology (socialism, Marxism, anarchism, free market, etc.). Pres. Trump has been mostly good on these things. He has an offputting personality. So do you choose the nice guy with destructive policies or the abrasive guy with constructive policies?

    Posted: Wed, 09/30/2020 07:54 pm

    I agree.

    Obama is the guy everyone still thinks is a great guy even though they know about the terrible stuff he did.

    Posted: Thu, 10/01/2020 04:11 pm

    I wish that a "Dig deeper" link would have provided analysis of the topics, listed by OldMike and Big Jim, addressed (or avoided) in the debate. The Sift article was so superficial. For those who are uncertain about the candidates' performances and promises, you can view the transcript of the debate (click on a time stamp to view the video along with the transcript):

    Posted: Wed, 09/30/2020 08:16 pm

    The Paris Climate Agreement is a farce. I'd say Obama had a shady reason for America joining. I don't think it was for the sole purpose of making the climate better by 2 degrees. Seriously?! Giving money doesn't make the world any colder. 

    Country leaders can smile and nod and sign anything they want. It doesn't mean anything. We CAN'T make China quit polluting. We can't make other countries do what we want, like Brazil. We can't make them stop cutting down their forests. We can't even get our own governors to do the right thing by their people. A lot of the money goes to foreigners who feel they have a RIGHT to be in America and get free stuff. They were promised. (So was Hillary, but look where that got her.)

    We give money to the U.N. They do nothing except ok countries like China & Iran. 

    We give money to the W.H.O. They seem to be controlled by China. They threatened us if we don't give them money.

    Trump is a business man. You don't hand out money just because those who have gone before you did. 

    We complain that we are overdrawn. But we have money for other countries. We always have. As far as I can tell, it has gotten us nowhere. 

    People blame us for slavery. We didn't invent slavery. We bought slaves from the British. Canada had slaves and a dark past regarding slaves. Canada is slowly trying to erase their history of slavery. 

    Posted: Wed, 09/30/2020 08:26 pm

    Trump has learned a lot since becoming Pres. He has grown as far as being pro-life and other stuff.

    It has been a trying time for him. He thought he could trust people. Obama left some spies behind in the W.H. (so sad).

    Why are Dems such liars? And the media as well? To them, the end justifies the means. 

    They want Liberals to win at all costs. They protested Bush winning the election and demanded recounts. They would still be counting if judges didn't put an end to the madness. Hanging chads? Really?

    Why don't they tell the truth and just let people decide by voting? Because they think people are too stupid to make the right choice. Them.