This is the same fellow who said, 'Don't worry, we're going to end it this by the summer.' [109][110] Steve Scully of C-SPAN was to have moderated the debate, which would have been in the town hall meeting format. "Just lost the left" Biden was discussing his health care plan, noting that Democrats in the primary … (CNN) President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden held an actual debate on Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee -- the final time … [134] Trump responded by saying that Americans had to learn to live with the virus; Biden replied that, under Trump, Americans were "learning to die from" the virus. For "Why don't you shut up? The first debate took place on September 29, 2020. "[115] The Biden campaign later scheduled a nationally televised town hall on ABC with George Stephanopoulos on October 15. "[165], In the final segment (on "leadership") both candidates were asked what they would say on their inauguration day to the Americans who didn't vote for them. Trump focused on the state of the economy, while Biden said that he would promise to represent every American in the country, "choose science over fiction", create new jobs, and give Americans the even chance that they "haven't been getting for the last four years. "Trump on Covid-19: "I take full responsibility. Second Presidential Debate On Oct. 9, the second presidential debate … Trump offered no replacement plan. [158], On climate change, Trump falsely claimed that the US had the lowest carbon emissions numbers since the 1990s, referring to the air in China, Russia, and India as "filthy". [99][100][101], Shortly after the debate, the candidates' spouses joined them onstage. This remark was interpreted by some members of that far-right group, as well as others, as a call to arms. Ticketing will be extremely limited for all four events. ET, November 23, 2020 Key moments from the final presidential debate between Trump and Biden After meeting with his campaign manager, the commission co-chairman said that "the president wanted to debate, but they had concerns about whether or not to do it with the commission. 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[147]) Trump said that he opposed the bill passed by House Democrats in part because it included funds for Democratic-led local government. "[73][74][75] Researcher Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, told The Washington Post that Proud Boys memberships on Telegram channels grew nearly 10 percent after the debate. The announcement also stated that after each candidate gave his two-minute response, the microphones would not be muted. 530,526, This story has been shared 93,223 times. Kristen Welker, co-anchor of “Weekend Today” and NBC News’ White House … [156][157] Trump claimed that he had done more for the African-American community than any other president except possibly Abraham Lincoln, and that he was the "least racist person in this room". September 2, 2020 | 12:48pm | Updated September 2, 2020 | 2:00pm. Additionally, they reported that his businesses lost money in most years. [126], Columbia Journalism Review editor and publisher Kyle Pope characterized the dueling events as "a craven ratings stunt". President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden face off in Cleveland, Ohio, in the first presidential debate of the 2020 US election season. Biden's town hall was broadcast on ABC and Trump's town hall was broadcast on NBC. [86][87], The debate was to be divided into nine 10-minute segments,[88] although the moderator was only able to ask candidates about eight topics. "Trump says Obamacare must die. [152], On immigration and the Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at the border (a policy that the administration halted after an international outcry), Trump dodged the question, falsely claiming that his administration had inherited the policy that led to the separation of thousands of families from the Obama administration. The candidates were seated 12 feet and 3 inches apart. [111] The president was hospitalized for three days. [25][26] In several instances, Trump called for his supporters to vote twice—in order to test safeguards against voter fraud[27]—even though voting more than once is a felony. [67][68] Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator, later said that it was a "huge mistake" by Trump not to condemn white supremacy properly during the debate. "[6] While Trump did not press the issue further publicly, he also requested additional debates to the traditional three, which Biden's campaign declined. economy. He held his convention … We've received your submission. [8], In August, the CPD rejected a request by the Trump campaign to shift the debates to an earlier date, or to add a fourth debate in relation to mail-in voting. 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[78][79][80] The television viewership declined 13% compared to the debate for the first presidential debate of 2016, but an unknown number of people watched or listened to the debate via live-streaming or radio, so the total audience likely surpassed the 2016 record. [77], The debate had a total of at least 73.1 million viewers on television, according to Nielsen ratings. The next debate was scheduled to take place on October 15 but was later canceled due to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and refusal to appear remotely rather than in person. Final Trump-Biden Presidential Debate — As It Happened. [46] Trump criticized Biden's handling of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a pandemic in which an estimated 60 million cases in the United States occurred, with an estimated death toll of about 12,000. [31] A few days before the debate, the US reached the milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. Lawsuits related to the 2020 United States presidential election, This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 13:05. [160][161][162] In his response, Trump claimed that he knew more about wind energy than Biden and that "wind [turbines] kill all the birds. [146][140], On proposals for a new round of coronavirus economic relief legislation, Trump blamed Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the failure of relief legislation to pass, although Pelosi continues to negotiate an agreement with Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. [40], At one point during the debate, Biden and Wallace pressed Trump to condemn white supremacy groups. "[59] The Washington Post editorial board called the debate "a disgrace" and demonstrated that "Trump's assault on democracy is escalating. [17][129], In response to the interruptions that occurred during the first debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on October 19 that each candidate's microphone would be muted during the other's initial two-minute response to each question. Both Pence and Harris dodged the question and instead pivoted to other topics. [15][18], Entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls. "Trump, Biden talk reported Iranian election interference at final debate", "Biden slams Trump ally Rudy Giuliani as 'Russian pawn' in 2nd debate", "Fact check: Toned-down Trump continues his onslaught of falsehoods", "Biden presses Trump to release tax returns after report on China bank account", "Trump says he prepaid 'millions and millions' in taxes", "President Trump Touted His Relationship With North Korea – Even Though He's Got Little to Show for It", "Biden slams Trump for his friendship with Kim Jong Un". The day after Ginsberg's funeral, Trump nominated conservative Amy Coney Barrett. Why should these families give you another four years in office?" [33] Ginsburg was one of four Supreme Court justices who are commonly considered liberal; the other five justices are commonly considered to be conservative. [61] According to the Washington Examiner, some conservatives criticized Wallace for an alleged bias against Trump due to Wallace's frequent interruptions of Trump. All four debates will run for 90 minutes, from 9 p.m. Biden mocked the idea. "[60] ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said that Trump "came across as a bully" in the debate. There's nothing smart about you, Joe," and incorrectly claimed that Biden forgot where he went to college, referring to a video in which Biden talks about announcing his first Senate campaign on the campus of Delaware State University. 1:34 p.m. ", "Trump says he wants to hold a rally on Saturday after his doctor cleared him to resume public events", "President Trump wants to hold rally in Florida on Saturday", "October 15 Presidential Debate Will Not Proceed", "NBC to Host Trump Town Hall at the Same Time as Biden's ABC Event Instead of Presidential Debate", "Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.15.2020", "More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC", "Behind the decision for Belmont to host their second Presidential debate in twelve years", "Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions", "Moderator Kristen Welker will not control mics during final presidential debate", "Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate", "Coronavirus vaccine expected 'within weeks', claims Donald Trump in final US presidential debate". He explained such funds would be used to hire psychologists or psychiatrists who would accompany police officers during 9-1-1 calls in order to defuse situations and reduce the use of force. Biden says he'll make it into 'Bidencare. The 2020 United States presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election, were sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Mr. Trump is the president. Biden's lead was compounded by a funding shortage in Trump's campaign, with Biden's campaign donations improving significantly. "[136] While Trump stated that he would re-open the country as soon as possible, Biden stated that he would do it with certain restrictions. [45], Fact checkers challenged many of Trump's statements. It was called "a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck" and a "disgrace" (CNN's Jake Tapper); a "shitshow" (CNN's Dana Bash); "mud-wrestling" (ABC's Martha Raddatz); "the worst presidential debate I have ever seen in my life" (ABC's George Stephanopoulos); and "the single worst debate I have ever covered in my two decades of doing this job" (CNN's Chris Cillizza). The 2020 United States presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election, were sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Bob Woodward released his second book on the Trump presidency, based on 19 recorded interviews with Trump. [69] Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized Trump for not condemning white supremacy, saying that Trump "ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates" by not doing so. Washington (CNN) The presidential debates are around the corner, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump set to square off for the first time on stage next week. [3], On October 11, 2019, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that it would host four debates; three of which would be between incumbent president Donald Trump, Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, and any other participants that qualify, while one debate would be a vice presidential debate between incumbent vice president Mike Pence, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, and any third party candidates that met the criteria. Biden said he would build on and improve the ACA, adding a public health insurance option in addition to existing private plans. [50][51] According to a CBS News poll taken following the debate, 48% of people thought Biden won, 41% of people thought Trump won, while 10% considered it a tie, with a margin of error of three points. I don't know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing. Following the conclusion of the first presidential debate between President … When Biden mentioned that Trump should get "a lot smarter", Trump said, "Don't ever use the word smart with me, don't ever use that word. 2020 Debates ‘Worst presidential debate in history’: Foreigners recoil at Trump and Biden’s prime-time brawl . "[30] The New York Times published an investigation into Trump's federal tax returns, which found that Trump had paid no tax at all in 10 out of 15 years studied, and only $750 in federal income tax for 2016 and 2017. [151], On proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour, Biden reaffirmed his support for the increase, while Trump said that the minimum wage should be left to the states and that a federal minimum wage increase would hurt businesses. Pence's response echoed Trump's own repeated statements refusing to commit to honoring the results if he loses. [47] Biden falsely stated that, under Trump, the trade deficit with China grew and violent crime went up (only the national murder rate has increased since Trump took office). In one recording made in February 2020, Trump indicated that he understood the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic early on, which contrasted with Trump's attempts to publicly play down the virus. [164] Trump replied that the plants give them good jobs,[165] while Biden stressed expressed support for regulating pollutants that negatively affect fenceline communities. The schedule is set for the 2020 presidential and vice presidential debates — with the candidates squaring off later this September into October. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first 2020 presidential debate in Cleveland, OH. [144], On healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), Trump said, "I would like to terminate Obamacare, come up with a brand new, beautiful health care" that would be "better" and reaffirmed his support for a lawsuit to invalidate the ACA. [34] The move was controversial, since the same Senate Republicans had refused to consider a Supreme Court nomination by President Barack Obama in an election year. [90], During the debate, moderator Susan Page asked both vice presidential candidates whether they had discussed, or reached an agreement with their running mates, "about safeguards or procedures when it comes to presidential disability." But I condemn that. [137], On national security, the candidates were asked about the recently released Director of National Intelligence report about interference in the ongoing election by Russia and Iran. [42][43][44] When asked about his position on police reform, Biden called for an increase in police funding. [63] In response to the failure of the debate and subsequent criticism, the Commission on Presidential Debates indicated that it would modify future debates to encourage a more civilized and orderly discussion. The third presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. [128], The final debate took place on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT, at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with Kristen Welker of NBC moderating. redirects here. "[149] In response, Biden stressed unity, saying, "Look what he's doing. It's China's fault. This would have been the third debate, but became only the second, following the cancellation of the October 15 debate. Fri 23 Oct 2020 00.31 EDT. The third presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The issue had come to prominence due to the age of both presidential candidates (both are in their 70s) and Trump's hospitalization with COVID-19 earlier that same month. But did either candidate change the dynamics of the race? "[143] On his turn, Biden stated that the nuclear weapons in North Korea were still a problem for the US and criticized Trump's friendship with Kim, who Biden called a "thug". "[166][167], A post-debate CNN/SSRS poll found that 53% of debate-viewers thought that Biden had won and 39% thought Trump had, with a margin of error of 5.7 points. [133][134] Referring to Trump, Biden said, "This is the same fellow who told you this was going to end by Easter last time. [168] The debate was generally praised for its less hostile nature and for the candidates being prompted to go into more detail about their proposals. Senate Republicans, under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, moved swiftly, promising to vote on her nomination before Election Day. [123] As a result of the debate cancellation, each candidate participated in separate town hall events televised at the same time (8:00 p.m. EDT). "[138] Biden also expressed concerns over Russian misinformation sent to Rudy Giuliani, whom he called a "Russian pawn". [116][117], Trump's physician Sean Conley said on October 8 that Trump's condition was stable and that he was "devoid of symptoms"; however, that evening Trump appeared by phone on Hannity and suffered several coughing fits. [70] Trump's team disagreed with these criticisms, arguing that Trump has "continuously denounced" white supremacists and did so twice during the debate. As a result, 2020 had the fewest debates since 1996. [1] As a result, 2020 had the fewest debates since 1996. [2] The final debate took place on October 22. In the same poll, 83% of the respondents believed the tone of the debate was negative, while 17% believed it was positive. He said, without evidence, that drug prices will fall "80 or 90 percent," and exaggerated that he is making insulin at prices "so cheap, it's like water", despite insulin prices remaining fixed at about $300 per vial. Biden reminded viewers that the Democratic-led House had passed a coronavirus relief months ago, and that the legislation was not taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 at 11:18 pm ET. [173][174], Early on March 4, 2020, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation held a debate at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, which included various third party candidates, as well as minor candidates affiliated with the Democratic and Republican parties. Photos: The final presidential debate President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the second and final 2020 presidential debate Thursday night in Nashville. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. "[148] Biden noted that every state was experiencing fiscal stress due to the economic downturn,[149] saying that in the absence of relief, budget shortfalls would force the state governments, "whether red or blue," to "start laying off ... cops, firefighters, first responders, teachers. (Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged the Trump White House not to make an agreement with Pelosi before the election. [15][16] Chris Wallace of Fox News moderated the debate. Full transcript of the second and final 2020 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. [23][24] When asked if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, Trump said, "we'll have to wait and see;" however, in a later press briefing, he said that he did believe in a peaceful transition of power. [65][66], Trump's "stand by" remarks received criticism. NFL star denies pooping during 'Monday Night Football', Sandra Lee packs up home she shared with Gov. Biden responded by stating that he would go ahead and participate to "be a fact-checker on the floor while [...] debating [Trump]". [172] The second and final presidential debate was watched by 63 million people, an estimated 10 million fewer people than the amount who watched the first debate, and 8.6 million less than the amount who watched the final debate of 2016. The longevity and reputation of the polling organization. [19], Since Biden's successful nomination in the Democratic primaries, Trump had attempted to cast doubt over Biden's abilities, claiming that he was suffering from dementia and that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs in the primaries. The first debate took place on September 29, 2020. While Biden addressed the public, Trump asserted that Biden had caused harm to the African-American community during his time as a senator. [4][5], In late 2019, Trump claimed that the 2016 debates were "biased." [97][98] A fly landed on Pence's head during the debate and Pence's left eye appeared bloodshot, attracting commentary and spawning internet memes. Trump falsely said that the U.S. economy before the pandemic was "the greatest economy in the history of our country"; in actuality, GDP growth was higher under Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton, and the unemployment rate was lower under Eisenhower. [21][22], Running up to the debate, Trump made repeated claims that the election would be rigged by means of voter fraud, especially with regards to mail-in ballots. Your California Privacy Rights Trump tried his darndest to paint Biden as a … I condemn all white supremacists. A commission member argued that Harris "is the one who wanted plexiglass...If [Pence] doesn't want plexiglass, that is up to him. There are families who worry the plants near them are making them sick. Again, Biden declined. Exceeds 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths", "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court's Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87", "Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle", "Here's what happened when Senate Republicans refused to vote on Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination", "Debate organizers reveal 6 topics for first Trump-Biden showdown", "Trump interrupted Biden more than 10 times as he tried to answer one question. This debate had originally been scheduled to be held at the Crisler Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the University of Michigan withdrew as a host on June 23, 2020, over public health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN Networks, will moderate. [46], When Biden referred to Trump's March 2020 remarks about injecting disinfectant to treat the COVID-19 virus, Trump claimed they had been made sarcastically. Trump called for Biden to be drug tested before the debate. [9], On August 27, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested that Biden should skip the debates, claiming that Trump will "probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency". [125] More people watched Biden's town hall, broadcast solely on ABC, than Trump's town hall, broadcast on NBC and two of its cable channels, MSNBC and CNBC. The Commission on Presidential Debates did not immediately specify if Trump's diagnosis would affect the second debate. [115] A Biden campaign spokesperson stated, regarding Trump's declination to participate in a virtual debate, that "Biden would be happy to appear virtually, but said if the president declines to appear, the former vice president will hold a town hall elsewhere. [7] At the end of June, representatives of the Biden campaign confirmed that they had agreed to the original schedule. 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"[121] However, Fahrenkopf said that the commission would not reconsider its decision to make the event virtual so as to "protect the health and safety of all involved. [120] The Trump campaign called for the second debate to be held in person as originally scheduled, saying there was "no medical reason" for the debate to be shifted to a virtual setting, postponed, or otherwise changed "in any way. Biden also said that there was "no prospect" that a vaccine would be "available for the majority of the American people" before mid-2021. Dakota Johnson wears giant ring: Is she engaged to Chris Martin? [169][170][171] FiveThirtyEight opined that the debate did not have a major impact on either candidate's favorability, polling numbers, or likelihood of winning. [130] The muting was performed by production staff instead of the moderator. 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