US Presidential Elections 2020 Live News Updates: US President Donald Trump has claimed that he won the first presidential debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday night. “By every measure, we won the debate easily last night,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday, a day after he and Biden clashed during the first of the three presidential debates in Cleveland, Ohio. “I think he (Biden) was very weak. He was whining. We won the debate by almost every poll that I saw. If you look at the various polls. And I looked at about six of them, and we won every one of them,” he added.
President Trump and Democratic challenger Biden had heated exchanges on the first of three Presidential Debates in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night where they squared off on several topics, including the vacant Supreme Court seat, the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing protests against racial inequality, healthcare, climate change and mail-in ballots. While Biden, 77, was targeted for his son, Hunter Biden’s alleged Ukraine links, Trump, 74, was questioned over a report that alleged he paid only $750 in taxes in the first two years of his presidency.
This was the first of three debates scheduled ahead of the US elections on November 3. The next will take place on October 15, followed by October 22. The Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will be held on October 7. Among the highlights of the debate was Trump constant interruptions, speaking over both Biden and moderator Chris Wallace. While Wallace pleaded with Trump to wait his turn, Biden at one point snapped: “Will you shut up, man?” (Read key takeaways from the first presidential debate)
The only mention of India during the debate came when Trump was talking about the Covid-19 situation in the US, and claimed some countries did not reveal the real number of deaths due to the virus. “India, Russia and China don’t give out their real Covid-19 deaths…” he said.
Biden has been ahead of Trump in most national polls since the start of the year, and is currently leading in major battleground states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where the Republicans won in 2016. (Here’s the US Election 2020 Calendar: What to expect)