By Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason
US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden remain 12 days before the November 3 contest on the still-increasing coronavirus pandemic at the final presidential debate on Thursday. He expressed a sharp contrast in an attempt to convince a small number of undecided voters.
Republican Trump adopted a more subdued tone than when Biden was repeatedly disturbed in the first chaotic debate in September. However, Thursday’s clashes featured many personal attacks between two men who had little respect for each other, by Trump by leveling out unfounded corruption charges in Biden and his family. , I was busy with the fact checker.
The lack of turmoil has created more substantive discussions on a variety of topics, including economics, race, climate change, health care, and immigration. However, the coronavirus, which killed more than 221,000 people in the United States, has approached proceedings, as it has been proceeding throughout the campaign.
An encounter aired in Nashville, Tennessee, shows a race that national polls have lost for months, although the contest is much tougher in some fierce-fighting states that could decide the election. Represented one of Trump’s last remaining opportunities to reshape.
“No one responsible for that many deaths should remain president of the United States,” Biden said.
With economic stewardship at the heart of the campaign, Mr. Trump defended his approach to outbreaks, saying the country couldn’t afford to close its business again, despite the new surge.
“We are learning to live with it,” said Trump, who has been controlling the virus for months. “We have no choice.”
“Are you learning to live with it?” Biden argued. “Sloppy. We are dying from it.”
Trump claims that the virus has “disappeared,” and several states in the United States reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 infections on Thursday, evidence of a new acceleration in the pandemic.
Trump described Biden as a career politician whose nearly 50-year record was insubstantial, although his instinct continued to be carried out as an outsider. However, although he did not present a clear agenda for the second term, Biden returned many times during his four years as President of Trump, pointing out the financial damage the virus had caused to people’s lives.
After the pandemic opening segment, Thursday’s clash shifted its focus to a rapid fire exchange over whether either candidate had inappropriate foreign entanglements.
Trump repeated his accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in China and Ukraine. No evidence was found to support the allegations, and Biden called them false and distrustful.
Trump’s efforts to uncover the stigma of Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian business relations led to the impeachment of the president. The president and his children have been accused of conflicts of interest since entering the White House in 2017, most of them related to the family’s international real estate and hotel business.
Biden defended his family and made it clear that he had never made a “dime” from abroad before accusing Trump of trying to distract Americans.
“There’s a reason he’s growing all this malakey,” Biden said, looking directly at the camera. “It’s not about his family and my family. It’s about your family and your family is badly hurt.”
He accused Trump of avoiding paying taxes, New York He has paid very little federal income tax for over 20 years, according to a Times survey that reported Trump’s tax returns.
“Release your tax return or stop talking about corruption,” Biden said.
Mr. Trump, who broke decades of presidential precedent and refused to file tax returns, said he had paid “millions of dollars.” He also said that he would only release returns after many years of auditing.
Candidates discuss racial relations after foreign policy, immigration, and months of anti-racist protests, and Biden makes Trump “one of the most racist presidents” in history. Said there was.
“He fuels the fire of all racists,” Biden said. “This guy has a dog whistle about the size of a foghorn.”
Trump imprisoned a few defendants, claiming he did more for black Americans than any president, with the “possible” exception of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War of the 1860s. Responded by criticizing Biden’s author of the 1994 crime bill.
In the climate variability segment, Biden said his environmental plans “shifted out of the oil industry” in favor of renewable energy sources and urged Trump to continue the attack.
“He’s trying to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Texas, do you remember it? Pennsylvania, do you remember it?”
Mr Biden said he just wanted to abolish federal subsidies for oil companies. This point was reiterated to reporters after the debate. “We haven’t disposed of fossil fuels for a long time,” he said.
During the debate, Biden criticized Trump’s efforts to persuade the US Supreme Court to invalidate the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Drastic health care reforms were passed when Biden was Vice President of the Barack Obama administration.
“People deserve an affordable period of care,” Biden said, saying the law prohibits insurance companies from refusing to indemnify people in their existing condition.
Mr. Trump said he would like to replace ACA with a “much better” one that offers the same protection. However, the government has not proposed a comprehensive health care plan for years.
Relatively few voters have not yet decided, and Trump’s window, which affects results, may be closed. A record 47 million Americans have already voted, more than the sum of early votes since the 2016 elections.
The first controversial debate when the two men insulted was seen by at least 73 million viewers. Mr. Trump abandoned another planned discussion last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and switching to virtual format.
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