Current US President, Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee for President, Joe Biden had their first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29th in Cleveland, ahead of the elections to be held on November 3rd, 2020.
The face-off held from a social distance was at Case Western Reserve University. The topics debated upon were the Supreme Court, as Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with Republican senators, the COVID-19 outbreak; the economy; race; the candidates’ records; the climate change; and the integrity of the election. 15 minutes were allocated for each segment of the debate. Due to COVID-19, the audience of the debate was limited and everyone who attended was made to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing and follow other public health protocols to ensure safety.
The debate which is the first of the three scheduled debates to be held by Trump and Biden was contentious. Trump frequently interrupted Biden and Chris Wallace, the debate’s moderator. He also violated the allotted time for debate while ignoring other debate rules.
Trump, when asked about whether he would condemn white supremacists, evading the answer states: the Proud Boys group, “Stand back and standby.”
Biden, during his debate, said Trump’s claims are “all about trying to dissuade people from voting, because he’s trying to scare people into thinking it’s not going to be legitimate.”
The second presidential debate is slated to be on October 15th, 2020.