Biden warned that the U.S. is headed for a “dark winter” as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus, but Trump maintained that he had taken quick action to respond to the pandemic. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during the second 2020 presidential campaign debate with U.S. President Donald Trump at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, October 22, 2021.
We're opening up our country, we've learned and studied and understand the disease, which we didn't at the beginning.” Trump claimed Biden makes money from Russia, China and Ukraine, an allegation the former vice president strongly denied before mocking Trump for failing to publicly release his income tax returns and for having a bank account in China.
US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden argue during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2021. “Joe got $3.5 million from Russia that came through Putin because he was friendly with the mayor of Moscow,” Trump said.
Biden replied, “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source in my life.” You have not released a single solitary year of your tax return,” Biden said.
Additionally, the Democrat said his plan would reduce premiums and allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with insurance companies. Biden responded by attacking Trump for not having a clear health-care plan, despite promising that he would unveil it.
Trump and Biden differed sharply on the question of a national minimum wage. U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's presidential debate is broadcast on television and watched outside a tavern in San Diego, California, October 22, 2021.
Walker pressed Trump on his previous suggestion that he'd consider raising the minimum wage. But the event, just 12 days out from the election, was toned down significantly from the furious first showing last month.
The chaos of the first debate, which was marked by frequent incoherent cross talk, left a stain on the contest. The commission changed the format to a virtual debate due to the President's positive coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month, which left him hospitalized for three days.
In Friday's announcement, the commission did not explain any further rule changes for the final contest, something it said it would do after the first debate between the presidential candidates devolved into a chaotic affair with the President flouting the rules and repeatedly interrupting the former vice president. Hardly a minute went by in the 90-minute brawl without one of the candidates angrily interrupting the other, whether on the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court, the economy or anything else, including each other's families.
“China ate your lunch,” Trump shot back at Biden during questions on the economy. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, couldn't always stay above the fray.
The first question was about the Supreme Court, where Trump has nominated conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Biden responded that “the American people have a right to have a say,” and that “we should wait” until after the presidential election to select another justice.
The two candidates started sparring, first over Barrett's record but quickly moving on to other territory. Wallace jumped in after a few exchanges, and himself began to bicker with Trump.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2021. As Wallace asked the second question of the night, Trump jumped in to push back on the “Fox News Sunday” anchor.
Wallace began asking about health care, and Trump interrupted Wallace to dispute his line of questioning about having not introduced a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act implemented by former President Barack Obama. Wallace continued to try to get through his question, asking Trump to let him finish.
After a few moments of cross-talk, Trump said, “I guess I'm debating you, not him,” referring to Biden. “Your campaign agreed that both sides would get two-minute answers,” Wallace told Trump late in the debate.
Both candidates took turns trumpeting their qualifications to navigate the U.S. economy through the coronavirus pandemic. Trump highlighted his business-friendly tax cuts and stock market gains while Biden noted significant job creation while he was vice president in the Obama administration.
Trump continued with another unfounded claim: “Why is it, just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow's wife gave your son $3.5 million?” This kind of sparring continued for several minutes, until Biden pivoted.
His family, we can talk about all night,” Biden said, referring to Trump's adult children. “My family lost a fortune coming down and helping with government,” Trump shot back.
Trump would not explicitly condemn White supremacists and tell them not to “add to violence” surrounding unrest in the U.S. Wallace asked Trump if he would publicly “condemn White supremacists and militia groups and say they need to stand down and not add to the violence.” Trump immediately turned to an attack on what he calls the “radical left” like antifa, referring to antifascist demonstrators.
Trump has repeatedly warned, without evidence, that an expected flood of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic will lead to massive fraud in the 2020 election. Just last week, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost to Biden in the election.
Hardly a minute went by without one of the candidates interrupting the other, whether on the coronavirus, the Supreme Court or the economy. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, couldn't always stay above the fray.