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US Elections 2020 Live Updates: Trump says he won Tuesday’s presidential debate

US Presidential Election 2020 Live News Updates: 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 1, 2020 8:17:57 pm
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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)

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US Elections 2020 Live News Updates: Donald Trump and Joe Biden square off in the first presidential debate on the Supreme Court, US economy, race and violence, climate change, etc; the polls are scheduled to take place on November 3; national opinion polls favour the Democrat over the Republican. Read latest news and updates below

20:17 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Facebook tightens political ad bans as US election nears

With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud.

New prohibitions laid out in a blog post come days after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of mass fraud in the vote-by-mail process during a debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Banned ads ?would include calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the result of an election,? Rob Leathern, Facebook's director of product management, tweeted. The changes apply to Facebook and Instagram and are effective immediately, he said.

The ban includes ads that call an election into question because the result isn't determined on the final day of voting. There is a good chance U.S. election results will require additional time this year because of expanded mail-in ballots due to the pandemic.

Also banned are advertisements portraying voting or census participation as meaningless and advising people not to take part.

17:55 (IST)01 Oct 2020
'I was sad. It was sad': Voters bemoan nasty debate'

Donald Trump and Joe Biden debated. Americans cringed.

After the presidential candidates put on one of the noisiest, most chaotic debates in recent memory, voters across the country struggled for words - printable words - to describe the display.

Many went first to profanities. Others landed on more polite, but still biting, terms for the live, prime-time event, long considered evidence of the rigors of US democracy: "A joke," "a disgrace" and "so disrespectful."

"I was sad. It was sad, and it was very pathetic," said Rickey Hampton, as the 54-year-old stood inside the doorway of his Las Vegas apartment. It was another day of reckoning with the nation's rapidly transforming political culture and its seemingly irreparable divisions. (AP)

12:55 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Facebook bans US ads that claim widespread voting fraud ahead of election

Facebook on Wednesday announced that it would ban ads on its website and Instagram that seek to delegitimize the US election results, suggest voting fraud is widespread or attack any voting method. “We’re taking preventive steps to protect the integrity of the upcoming US 2020 elections,” the social media giant announced in a blog post. Facebook will prohibit political ads “with content that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of an election,” said Rob Leathern, the company’s director of product management. Read more

10:24 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Trump planting seeds of doubt in legitimacy of election: Biden

US President Donald Trump has begun planting seeds of doubt in the legitimacy of the November 3 elections as he is aware of his defeat, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said, a day after the chaotic presidential debate. "In terms of election legitimacy, he made it clear that he didn't think this was going to be--if he lost, it wouldn't be a legitimate election. Already began to plant seeds of doubt in the legitimacy of this election. I don't know any president that's ever done that before," Biden told reporters in Ohio.

Biden slammed Trump for not condemning the white supremacist. "His dog whistles to white supremacy, when asked whether would he condemn white supremacy, he said--he didn't say a word. And then when I said, well, how about the Proud Boys, which is a white supremacist group? He said, well, I just told them to stand down and stand ready. Stand down and stand ready, based on the outcome of the election?" Biden said. (PTI)

09:23 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Making changes in presidential debate structure; says organising body

Commission on Presidential Debate, the body responsible for organising the US presidential debate, has said that it is carefully considering additional structure to the format to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. During the first of the three presidential debates in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, 74-year-old US President Donald Trump and his 77-year-old Democratic rival Joe Biden traded barbs about each other's families, making it one of the most chaotic White House debates in years.

"Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said in a statement on Wednesday. CPD said it will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and announce the measures shortly. (PTI)

08:35 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over the November election is as simple as tallying the hundreds of voting-related lawsuits filed across the country in recent months. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American balloting process, including how ballots are cast and counted, during an election made unique by the coronavirus pandemic and by a president who refuses to commit to accepting the results.

The lawsuits are all the more important because President Donald Trump has raised the prospect that the election may wind up before a Supreme Court with a decidedly Republican tilt if his latest nominee is confirmed. "This is a president who has expressed his opposition to access to mail ballots and has also seemed to almost foreshadow the inevitability that this election will be one decided by the courts," said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

That opposition was on display Tuesday during the first presidential debate when Trump launched into an extended argument against mail voting, claiming without evidence that it is ripe for fraud and suggesting mail ballots may be "manipulated." "This is going to be a fraud like you've never seen," the president said of the massive shift to mail voting prompted by the pandemic. (AP)

08:33 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Trump says he won Tuesday's debate

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. 

00:03 (IST)01 Oct 2020
How US newspapers reported presidential debate between Trump-Biden

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden began the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday with heated exchanges over health care, the coronavirus and the future of the Supreme Court.

While Trump set the tone from the start badgering Biden and repeatedly interrupting him, Biden, on his part, shifted between ignoring the president and growing visibly irritated. Amid all this, moderator Chris Wallace used a combination of pleading and admonishing Trump to allow his rival to speak.

What was very obvious during the debate was the fact that while an array of complex and substantive issues were on the debate agenda – a Supreme Court vacancy, the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s reckoning over race and police brutality – the candidates’ radically different perspectives and visions for the country were frequently overshadowed by their disdain for each other. READ MORE

23:46 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Nobody wants 'sleepy Joe' as a leader: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that there is zero enthusiasm in the Democratic party for its presidential nominee Joe Biden and nobody wants "sleepy Joe" as a leader, a day after the two fiercely clashed over a wide range of issues in the first presidential debate.

Trump, a Republican, and Biden are pitted against each other for the November 3 presidential elections.

During the first of the three presidential debates in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio, 74-year-old Trump and his 77-year-old rival Biden debated on issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, racism, economy and climate. They also traded barbs about each other's families, making it one of the most chaotic White House debates in years.

20:51 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Vision 2020: How does early voting work in the US election?

What states vote early and when are these votes counted? All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs.

Some started in September. Some don't start until mid-October, or even closer to Election Day on November 3. Just as there are 50 different timelines for early voting, there are 50 different ones for how the votes are counted. Some states allow the "processing" of mail-in ballots - the often time-consuming flattening and opening of envelopes, verifying signatures and sorting ballots into the correct piles for tabulation - to begin as many as three weeks before Election Day.

Some only allow it to begin on Election Day itself, which can lead to a chaotic and lengthy count. That's the process in several key swing states. Democrats fear this will delay the count of mail-in ballots, expected to heavily favor Democrats, and give President Donald Trump a phony early lead that he could seize on to declare the election over. (AP)

18:25 (IST)30 Sep 2020
World markets mostly lower after raucous Trump-Biden debate

Share prices in Europe and Asia were mostly lower on Wednesday after the debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

There was scant sign the clash did much to sway investors. Shares fell in Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo on Wednesday, while upbeat manufacturing data lifted shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Investors remain cautious with COVID-19 infections on the rise again in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The Trump-Biden debate occurred as coronavirus deaths worldwide have surpassed 1 million. Many millions of people worldwide are jobless. Germany's DAX fell 0.6% to 12,755.33 and the CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.4% to 4,813.99. The FTSE 100 in Britain edged 0.1% lower to 5,889.73. US futures skidded, with the contract for the S&P 500 down 0.8% and that for the Dow industrials falling 0.9%. (AP)

18:24 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Foreign observers note 'chaos,' 'rancor' in US debate

"Chaos, interruptions, personal attacks and insults," one outspoken Chinese newspaper editor said of the US presidential debate.

An Australian counterpart said it was "swamped" by the "rancor engulfing America."

The first debate pitting Republican President Donald Trump against Democratic challenger Joe Biden was not a highlight of political oratory in the eyes of many overseas. Yet interest ran high for its potential impact on what may be the most consequential US election in years, now just over a month away.

Observers looked for possible impact on financial markets and currencies, although the reaction was muted overall. Share prices slipped further in Japan and the dollar weaened against the Japanese yen and the euro, while US futures were lower, auguring a weak opening on Wall Street. The debate itself went as expected, said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda. (AP)

16:43 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Trump denigrates office of US President: Kamala Harris

US Senator Kamala Harris has criticised President Donald Trump's conduct during the first night of the presidential debates as one that "denigrates the office", as she extended support to the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, saying Joe Biden understands who are important -- the American families.

President Trump and Democratic challenger Biden had heated exchanges on the first of three Presidential Debates in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night. "I think the American people deserve to have an ability to compare and contrast the candidates. I think tonight provided a very clear contrast. On the one hand, you have Joe Biden who looked into the camera, who spoke to the American people continuously, who understood who was important on that stage, which is the American families," Harris told CBS News in an interview.

"And then you have Donald Trump, who I think really denigrated the office of the president of the United States as much as he has done over the course of the last four years," Harris, the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee, said in her first reaction after the conclusion of the first round of debates.

Harris, 55, is the first-ever Black, African-American and Indian-American woman to be the vice-presidential candidate of a major political party.(AP)

16:42 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Joe Biden slams Donald Trump
16:37 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show

President Donald Trump offered to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett his Supreme Court nominee more than a week ago at the White House - and she accepted, according to formal paperwork submitted to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearings.

Barrett tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that the White House initially contacted her Sept. 19, the day after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, creating the court vacancy. Trump made the offer when she visited the White House on Monday, Sept. 21, "and I accepted," she wrote.

That's days before Trump's formal announcement Saturday, and as he kept Americans guessing up until the last moment, suggesting he was still considering other nominees. The judge's nearly 70-page questionnaire was submitted by the White House to the Senate Tuesday as Barrett launched day one of private meetings at the Capitol, drawing praise from GOP senators but opposition from Democrats objecting to her conservative views and fast-track confirmation before the Nov. 3 election. (AP)

15:39 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Trump intel chief unveils unverified Russian info about Dems

The Trump administration's top intelligence official said Tuesday that he has declassified Russian intelligence alleging damaging information about Democrats during the 2016 election even though he acknowledged it might not be true.

The announcement, just hours before the first presidential debate of this November's election, drew harsh criticism from lawmakers who accused National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe of politicizing intelligence.

In a letter Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Ratcliffe said that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained "insight" into Russian spycraft alleging that Hillary Clinton, who was running for president, had "approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against" Trump.

But Ratcliffe added that American intelligence agencies do "not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication."

The announcement was a startling break from convention given that the nation's intelligence chiefs are generally loath to publicly discuss sensitive government intelligence, particularly when that information is unconfirmed - as Ratcliffe himself admits is the case here. (AP)

15:22 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Error leaves thousands in NYC with flawed absentee ballots

Mail-in voting has gotten off to a rocky start in New York City, where election officials sent out nearly 100,000 absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses printed on the return envelopes.

The deluge of faulty ballots, sent to voters across Brooklyn, could result in ballots being voided if voters sign their own name on return envelopes bearing different names. The New York City Board of Elections blamed the problem on the company hired to print and mail the ballots.

The faulty ballots are limited to one print run of ballots sent out to Brooklyn voters, the board's director Michael Ryan said at a board meeting Tuesday. He didn't say during the meeting how many were printed. But Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa said the issue was contained to about 100,000 ballots. (AP)

15:14 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Indian-American supporters of Trump and Biden divided over outcome of first presidential debate

Indian-American supporters of President Donald Trump said the Republican leader "sealed the deal" at the first presidential election debate while the community members supporting his Democratic challenger Joe Biden asserted that the former vice president made a "successful case" to occupy the White House for the next four years.

Indian Americans, who account for one per cent of the country's population, but are increasingly getting active in domestic politics, organised watch parties, mostly virtual, to watch the first of the three presidential debates between Trump and Biden.

President Trump and Biden began the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday with heated exchanges over health care, the coronavirus and the future of the Supreme Court. "President Trump seals the deal for his re-election, crushing Biden at the debate. Game over," said Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee.

Indian American attorney from California Harmeet K Dhillon slammed debate moderator Chris Wallace, a popular Fox news anchor, for allegedly taking sides. "Chris Wallace is a disgrace. Republicans need to stop allowing the slanted media to have any role in debates in future years," tweeted Dhillon, co-chair of Lawyers for Trump and co-chair of Sikhs for Trump. (PTI)

11:14 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Donald Trump says India doesn’t fully disclose Covid-19 death toll

US President Donald Trump Wednesday claimed India was among the countries that do not accurately disclose the number of deaths due to Covid-19. Speaking in the first presidential debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Trump said India, China and Russia “did not exactly give a straight count” on deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

“When you talk about numbers, you don’t know how many people died in China. You don’t know the deaths in Russia or in India… they don’t exactly give you a straight count, just so you understand,” Trump said to Biden after the latter highlighted the United States has more than seven million cases and over 200,000 deaths. Read more here

10:58 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Biden campaign raises $3.8 million during debate, the highest single-hour earning

In the hour of the presidential debate, the Biden campaign raised $3.8 million, the highest single-hour funds ever, reported Reuters. Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told reporters this after the debate, which saw Biden spar with Trump on several issues.

US Elections 2020 Live Updates: Trump paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, 2017; fake news says President Followers of Franklin Graham march from the Lincoln Memorial to Capitol Hill, during the Prayer March at the National Mall, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo)

Ahead of the presidential debate, Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani were helping him prepare for the debates. The two were seated in the press briefing room along with the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany during the news conference by the president.

Earlier in the day, Trump in a tweet demanded that Biden undergo a drug test before the debate.

“I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record-setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???” he tweeted.

Responding to a question at the news conference, Trump reiterated his demand that Biden should go for a drug test before the debate. He said he will also do the same.

“I’m willing to take a drug test. I think he should too because he’s had a very uneven…You know, what I’m saying. If you look at some of those debates, I said there’s no way he could continue. He can’t continue,” Trump said.

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