Less than two weeks away from the US election day, President Donald Trump and his Democratic contender Joe Biden went head-to-head in their second and final presidential debate.
The face-off in Nashville was markedly less chaotic and incomprehensible than the shouting match between the two presidential nominees that took place when they first met on stage late last month. One major reason for this was the ‘mute’ button that was introduced this time around to keep interruptions to a minimum.
But despite the kill switch, the debate was not devoid of tense moments with the presidential nominees relentlessly attacking one another’s records on a wide range of topics — including racial justice and taxes.
The 90-minute event included several 15-minute segments where Trump and Biden fielded questions on a number of contentious issues ranging from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and climate change to the economy and foreign policy.
By the end of the debate, President Trump had managed to speak for approximately three minutes more than former Vice President Biden. According to CNN, Trump spoke for 41 minutes and 16 seconds, while Biden clocked 37 minutes and 53 seconds in talking time.
Here are the highlights from the final US Presidential debate:
The presidential nominees began the debate by sparring over protocols and strategies to handle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and reopen schools and businesses safely. At present, the United States has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world.
Joe Biden argued that President Trump’s poor handling of the pandemic in the United States should ensure that he is voted out of the office in the upcoming election.
“If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this: Anyone who’s responsible for not taking control, in fact…saying I take no responsibility initially, anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” he said.
“We’re about to go into a dark winter,” he added. “And he has no plan.”
Trump denied his claims, saying that there would be no dark winter. Despite the rising number of cases and deaths, he said that the coronavirus pandemic was on the verge of going away.