Just 12 days before the Americans decide on their next president, the two presidential candidates, President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election, engaged his main Democrat opponent, Joe Biden in a debate.
While Trump stepped into the debate, knowing he was lagging behind Joe Biden, according to recent polls, both candidates argued what they thought was important to get additional votes from the audience and observers that were following the discussion not just in the US, but also across the world.
Opinion polls have given Mr. Biden a solid national lead, and if so, Trump’s re-election appears to have narrow chances with less leeway in a handful of states that could vote bidirectional and ultimately decide the outcome.
When the two candidates got tangled up over taxes, COVID-19, and race, it wasn’t like their first debate. The second and final debate on Thursday evening was more substantive and with order. The first meeting between these candidates on September 29th resulted in insults and name calling.
The organizers kept things organized with the mute button. The microphones of each debater were muted during each candidate’s opening speech on each topic, making sure the Nashville, Tennessee duel didn’t get messy.
Even with that, the 90-minute debate moderated by Kristen Welker, who works at NBC, still saw many personal attacks between the candidates.
In the debate, Joe Biden, the former Vice President, attacked Trump for downplaying the COVID-19 risk and not taking responsibility. Trump turned down the comment, arguing that his COVID-19 response had saved many lives. The key moment was also on Biden’s son with his abroad businesses.
Although the president insisted it was time to reopen the US, his challenger, Mr. Biden, didn’t rule out another lockdown amid the still-rising COVID-19 cases in the US and around the world.
The two candidates also accused each other of failing to honor the promises they made to the public while in office.
People not just in the US but around the world have already responded to the debate, and if social media is to be believed, the heroine of that night is just presenter Kristen Welker.
Earlier, Trump’s team had claimed that the presenter would likely prefer Joe Biden because she had democratic roots. However, it did not, and the woman left social media users lauding his professionalism in controlling debaters.
She is also lauded for keeping the debaters to time and not allowing them to talk over her. It was reported that there were approximately 125,000 tweets about the 44-year-old woman.
The NBC journalist was the second black American to host the presidential debate on her own that evening. The first black American woman was 28 years ago when Carole Simpson moderated the presidential debate while working at ABC in 1992. It can be said that Welker was still in school when Carole moderated the debate between Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.
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