It’s the last TV debate before the most important election of the year: Donald Trump and Joe Biden are dueling in Nashville. They argue sharply about the corona policy.
The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden again sharply attacked the corona policy of US President Donald Trump in the last TV debate before the US election. “No one responsible for so many deaths should be president of the United States any longer,” said Biden. “The president still has no plan.”
President Trump stressed that the corona virus is a global problem. “We’re fighting it, we’re fighting it hard,” said Trump, promising, “We have a vaccine, it’s ready, it will be announced in the next few weeks.” However, when asked by the moderator, he didn’t want to guarantee this schedule. Experts reckon that it will take even longer.
Trump does not expect a “dark winter” like Biden. He reiterated that the pandemic would pass. He takes responsibility, said Trump. But he said it was not his fault that the virus got to the US, and neither was Bidens. “It’s China’s fault.” In the USA, more than 222,000 people have died as a result of Corona – the highest number in the world.
Trump said, “We have to open the country. You know, I’ve said it many times, the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself.” Biden will close the whole country. Biden replied that he did not want to close the country, but rather put an end to the pandemic.
New rules apply
In the hour and a half debate, new rules apply after the first TV duel slipped into chaos, mainly due to Trump’s interruptions. During the two-minute initial statement by a candidate at the beginning of a topic, the microphone of the other candidate remains switched off.
Trump accused the independent commission organizing the debates of being on Biden’s side before the TV duel. Commissioner Frank Fahrenkopf rejected this on Fox News. Fahrenkopf said the presenter would not have any control over the microphones. They would be switched on or off backstage.
At the same time, he emphasized that the topics were not selected by the commission, but by the moderator – in the last debate it was NBC journalist Kristen Welker (44), who works as a correspondent in the White House in Washington. Trump called Welker “totally partisan” and a “radical left democrat” before the debate.