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.
“Russia was paying you a lot of money, and they probably still are,” Trump claimed. 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.
Trump and Biden answered questions and challenged each other about the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and foreign interference in the election, as well as each other's finances. 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.
But Trump jumped in before the former vice president had finished his answer. The two candidates started sparring, first over Barrett's record but quickly moving on to other territory.
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. 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. Biden swiped at Trump over the president's early handling of the coronavirus, alleging that the administration started to inform the public of the disease's severity only when it hit the stock market.
“Do you believe for a moment what he's telling you in light of all the lies he's told you about the whole issue relating to COVID-19?” “He panicked, or just looked at the stock market, one of the two,” Biden added.
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.
He cited Trump administration officials as he assured that there's “no chance at all that mail-in ballots are a source of manipulation or cheating.” 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. “He's trying to scare people into thinking that it's not going to be legitimate,” Biden said of Trump.
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.
The commission did not specify what changes they would be making, but their statement at the time said they intended “to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates,” and that they would be announced “shortly.” 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. Both candidates instead participated in town halls on the night the debate was originally scheduled to take place.
The topics are: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.” 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.