Trump Vs. Biden: The Final Debate


Graphic by Ian Albino

The final presidential debate is scheduled to air from 9:00 to 10:30 pm tonight. This debate will be former Vice President Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump’s last chance to address the entire nation before the presidential election that will take place in just twelve short days.

Due to interruptions from both sides in the last debate, the debate commission decided to mute both candidates when the other candidate is responding during their two-minute segments.

The second presidential debate was scheduled for last Thursday, but was canceled due to President Trump’s decision not to participate since the debate commission decided to make the debate virtual once news broke out of President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. Instead, both candidates held town halls; the Eagle’s Eye has a video covering these town halls.

The first presidential debate occurred on September 29th and it has been remembered as a highly unproductive debate, as most of the time consisted of the candidates interrupting each other. Not much information was gained through this debate, as President Trump was seemingly focused on undermining Biden’s responses and the only clear responses from Biden occurred when he was speaking directly to the camera.

The topics included in tonight’s debate are: Fighting COVID-19, Race in America, National Security, Climate Change, Leadership, and American Families.

This debate is hosted by NBC News’ Kristen Welker at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. President Trump has already expressed his opinion on Welker moderating the debate on a Fox & Friends interview on Tuesday: “I mean she is totally partisan; her father and mother are big supporters of Joe Biden for a long time. They’re supporters of the Democrat Party, and she deleted her entire account.”

The debate scheduled for tonight is coming twelve days before the presidential election. Currently, Biden holds a ten-point lead in most polls, but this of course does not determine the outcome of the election. For example, Hillary Clinton was leading in the polls for most of the 2016 election and won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college. This debate is Biden and President Trump’s last chance to convince the American people to go out and vote, so their responses must be convincing.

With the new muting rule, and the election coming to a quick close, this debate should hopefully be worth your time.

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