Trump and Biden were questioned on a series of six topics chosen by moderator Chris Wallace, including their public service records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in U.S. cities, and the integrity of the election. USA Today's Washington Bureau chief Susan Page moderated the debate, and a modified format was presented in light of Trump's positive COVID-19 diagnosis just days after his debate with Biden, and the subsequent diagnoses of several prominent Republicans associated with Trump.
JoeBiden's town hall aired on ABC and was moderated by George Stephanopoulos. The network moved forward with the town hall despite backlash from numerous celebrities, who signed an open letter saying the network was “enabling the president's bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public,” and urging NBC to reschedule the event.
Ahead of the VP debate, Biden appeared in an NBC News town hall moderated by Lester Holt on Oct. 5. Both Trump and Biden also previously did live network-hosted town halls ahead of the first presidential debate.
George Stephanopoulos oversaw Trump's Q&A with “uncommitted” voters in the battleground state. After weeks of refusal, President Donald Trump conceded the November election to President-elect Joe Biden in a video posted to social media on Thursday.
Attorneys had filed multiple pieces of litigation in an attempt to reverse the election results. Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to halt the Congressional certification of the electoral votes on Wednesday, a riot which left 4 people dead.
Congress reconvened and, in a late-night announcement, declared Biden the official winner of the November election. Read DonaldTrump's full speech below: I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol.
I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that a “new administration” was set to enter the White House as President-elect Joe Biden is expected to be inaugurated on January 20. Tasos Katopodis/Getty have just been through an intense election and emotions are high.
My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power.
It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family. Pre-decided topics included the two candidates' records, the coronavirus response, the Supreme Court, the economy and voting issues -- though viewers only got a sense of each candidate's platform in brief moments, when they let each other answer.
“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace, who had the trying task of keeping the squabbling under control, moderated the 90-minute debate from Case Western Reserve University in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. According to Michael McDonald, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, over 1.1 million Americans have already received an absentee ballot in the mail.
Squabbling leads to incoherence, leaving key questions unanswered for Americans It took just 18 minutes for the debate to devolve into constant interruptions and halted sentences that made the candidates' answers incoherent, largely because of Trump's efforts to sidetrack and distract Biden, which often worked.
But Biden, though he got sidelined, didn't engage with the same level of personal attack and worked to keep his cool up against the president, who came in hot. Biden consistently looked at the moderator and the camera, talking to the viewers.
Trump's body language was a sharp contrast; he was turned toward Biden throughout much of the debate, frequently pointing his finger at him. Constantly, Trump interrupted Biden with one-sentence, off-subject jabs as the Democratic nominee tried to get through policy-focused responses regarding climate change, health care and protests over racial injustice.
Constantly, moderator Chris Wallace struggled to get the candidates to give complete answers on major issues facing Americans. “Frankly, you've been doing more interrupting than he has,” Wallace told Trump during the debate, struggling with the awkward task of rebuking the sitting president.
Later, Wallace asked the two men running for President of the United States to please try to follow the rules and be serious in discussing the novel coronavirus, a virus that has resulted in a global pandemic and has taken the lives of over 200,000 Americans. I hate to raise my voice,” Wallace said about an hour into the debate, his patience wearing thin.
Supreme Court debate front and center through the lens of health care One of the clearest parts of the debate was early on, when Trump and Biden defended their positions on pushing through or delaying Indiana Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Should Coney Barrett's nomination be accepted by the Senate, conservatives will have a larger majority on the court. That possibility has ignited anger among some, who argue that the winner of the November election should choose a new appointee.
Biden argued that top issues facing Americans are on the ballot by way of the court, which is soon deciding on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court is set to take up a case brought by the Trump administration to overturn the Affordable Care Act just days after the Nov. 3 election.
After a New York Times report which showed that Trump had paid only $750 in federal income taxes the year he took office, the Biden campaign has been attacking the president. Asked onstage about the article, Trump maintained that he's paid more than the New York Times reported.
Biden interjected, demanding that Trump release his tax returns as proof. Biden said his tax plan will prevent similar behavior from wealthy Americans in the future.
Trump doesn't condemn white supremacy after he's asked -- and Biden misses an opportunity to dive in Asked bluntly by Wallace if he would condemn white supremacists during Tuesday's debate, Trump, amid crosstalk and pivoting, refused to issue an outright denouncement.
Around the country, votes will likely take days or weeks to be counted because of the high number of mail-in ballots that are expected due to the pandemic. Trump didn't give any reason to believe he thinks it will be a fair election, despite no evidence that there's likely to be fraud related to mail-in ballots.
He called mail-in voting a “sham” and stoked fear, claiming that Americans might not know the results “for months.” And though there's no way for Biden to predict what Trump will do, he declared that both he and the president would accept the outcome of the election.
Booker criticized Trump for his refusal to explicitly condemn white supremacists during the debate, which was Tuesday night's biggest flash point. The president's controversial comments came after the event's moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, asked him if he's willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say they need to stand down and not add to violence in cities like Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“You know, I think the point needs to be made explicitly that we are unequivocally opposed to white supremacy or any kind of political ideology based on race,” he said. Paul also criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in Louisville and made an apparent reference to when he and his wife, Kelley Paul, were surrounded by protesters in Washington, D.C., after the Republican National Convention this summer and, in his words at the time, were “attacked by an angry mob” as they returned to their hotel.
Like Booker, U.S. Rep. John Yarmouth denounced Trump's comments during this week's debate about white supremacists and the Proud Boys. Booker, who lost a close race in the Democratic primary for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's congressional seat this summer, also decried the debate's overall quality, although he depicted the viewing experience as something that further spurred him to action.
“Don’t know about you, but this trash debate makes me want to dig deep, organize, and fight even harder,” he tweeted. When a reporter in Washington, D.C., asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday about Trump's white supremacy-related comments at the debate, McConnell pointed to what U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate's only Black Republican member, said earlier that day.
“The fact a presidential debate topic is 'race and violence' says everything you need to know about America,” Arthur posted on Twitter on Tuesday night. Trump's response to Wallace's question about white supremacists wasn't the only aspect of the debate that Kentucky politicians were talking about Tuesday night.
Paul, who represents Kentucky in the Senate alongside McConnell, also weighed in when Trump and Biden were debating over the coronavirus pandemic and related, government-ordered shutdowns of businesses, schools and other places. There isn't a uniform approach to deciding which places should be open and at what capacity in America right now, with state governments largely charting their own courses.