In the final Trump-Biden showdown, less chaos but much conflict. The Express Tribune
US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply opposite views on the still-raging coronovirus epidemic in Thursday’s final presidential debate, seeking to convince some remaining untrained voters 12 days before their November 3 contest.
Trump, a Republican, adopted a more restrained tone during a chaotic first debate in September, when he repeatedly interrupted Biden. But Thursday’s clash still led to a lot of personal attacks between two individuals who pay little respect to each other, and Trump kept the fact-checkers busy with baseless corruption allegations on Biden and his family.
The absence of disruptions led to a more important debate on a range of topics including economy, race, climate change, health care, and immigration. But Coronavirus, which has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States, is completely decimated during the proceedings.
The television encounter in Nashville, Tennessee, took part in a race to represent one of Trump’s last remaining chances, which national opinion polls show he had been losing for months, although some contested the war. This competition is more difficult in the plains.
Biden said, “Whoever is responsible for the many deaths should not remain president of the United States.”
Trump, who has placed his leadership of the economy at the center of his campaign, defended his approach to the outbreak and said the country could not shut down business again despite the fresh boom.
“We’re learning to live with it,” said Trump, who has played the virus for months. “we have no choice.”
“Learning to live with it?” Biden retreated. “Come. We are dying with this.
With Trump insisting that the virus was “going away”, several US states reported a record single-day increase in Kovid-19 infection on Thursday, with evidence the epidemic is growing rapidly.
Trump, whose instinct carries on as an outsider, portrayed Biden as a career politician whose nearly 50-year record was unfounded. But he did not have a clear agenda for a second term, while Biden rebounded in Trump’s four years as president, pointing to the economic damage caused to the virus in people’s lives.
Following an opening section on the epidemic, a rapid fire exchange was discussed in Thursday’s skirmish over whether a candidate had foreign entanglements.
Trump repeated his allegations that Biden and his son Hunter were involved in unethical practices in China and Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Biden misquoted and maligned them.
Trump’s attempt to uncover dirt on Hunter Biden’s Ukraine trade relations led to the presidential impeachment. Since entering the White House in 2017, the chairman and his children have been accused of a conflict of interest of their own, including the family’s international real estate and hotel businesses.
Biden defended his family and disproportionately stated that he had never made “a penny” from a foreign country, before accusing Trump of trying to dissuade Americans.
“There’s a reason why he’s bringing it all bad,” Biden said while looking directly into the camera. “It’s not about his family and my family. It’s very bad about your family and your family.”
He accused Trump of evading taxes, citing a New York Times investigation stating that Trump’s tax returns show he paid almost no federal income tax in more than 20 years.
“Release your tax return or stop talking about corruption,” Biden said.
Trump, who has broken through decades of presidential precedent in refusing to release his tax returns, said he had paid “millions”. He again stated that he would release his returns only after the completion of a prolonged audit.
The candidates debated foreign policy, immigration and – after months of anti-racist protests – race relations, with Biden saying Trump was “one of the most racist presidents” in history.
“He puts fuel on every single racist fire,” Biden said. “This man has a dog whistle as big as a foghorn.”
Trump responded by criticizing Biden’s authorship of the 1994 crime bill, that he increased black Americans’ rise to black Americans during the American Civil War in the 1860s, with the “possible” exception of Abraham Lincoln. Had given.
Oil in the spotlight
During a segment on climate change, Biden said his environmental plan would be a “transition from the oil industry” in favor of renewable energy sources, prompting Trump to go on the attack.
“He’s going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Would you remember that, Texas? Would you remember that, Pennsylvania?”
Biden said he simply wanted to eliminate federal subsidies for oil companies, a point he reiterated to reporters after the debate. “We haven’t been getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time,” he said.
During the debate, Biden criticized Trump’s attempt to persuade the US Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act of 2010, when comprehensive healthcare reform passed when Biden was a vice president in President Barack Obama’s administration.
“People have affordable healthcare,” said Biden.
Trump said he wanted to replace the ACA with something “better” that would provide equal protection, even though the administration has proposed a comprehensive health plan, despite promises to do so for years.
Relatively few voters have made up their minds yet, and Trump’s window of action may be closed to affect the outcome. A record 47 million Americans have already cast ballots, with total early turnout from the 2016 election.
The controversial first debate, when the two men disrespected, was watched by at least 73 million viewers. Trump passed another planned debate last week after his Kovid-19 diagnosis changed to a virtual format.