Trump Tests New Nickname for Biden

Henrietta Brewer
October 23, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing debate, largely shelving the rancour that overshadowed their previous face-off in favour of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly different approaches to the major domestic and foreign challenges facing the nation.

The night in Nashville opened with a clash over the president's handling of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 225,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs. Biden, he suggested, was that "big man".

As of Thursday, Biden is maintaining a steady 10 percent national lead over Trump, according to Quinnipiac University Polls.

Trump appeared to make news by promising that a vaccine for the virus would be ready "within weeks", before backpedaling.

"It will go away", said Trump, staying with his optimistic assessment of the pandemic.

"We're rounding the turn, we're rounding the corner", Trump claimed, even as cases spike again across the country.

Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in Pensacola.

Trump had no mask. But Trump made no such promise.

Biden shot back: "People are learning to die with it".

But as the debate wore on, Trump was reverting to form - talking over Welker and mocking Biden while he spoke.

"I've seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business". A record 47 million Americans already have cast ballots, eclipsing total early voting from the 2016 election. In an election dominated by a polarizing president, far fewer undecided voters remain than at this point in 2016.

But on the whole, voters at home got something they didn't get on September 29: a debate.

The news was first announced on Twitter by Fox News' John Roberts.

The final debate has been less chaotic than the first, with microphones being muted while the other candidate talks.

The mute button won't figure in the open discussion portion of the debate.

When he feels cornered, Trump has often lashed out, going as negative as possible. He then invited them to watch as audience members. "I've seen firsthand that that's not true, because it wasn't just Hunter's business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line", Bobulinski said in his statement.

Trump - who has urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Bidens - has been promoting an unconfirmed New York Post report from last week that cites an email in which an official from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma apparently thanks Hunter Biden, who served on the company's board, for arranging for him to meet Joe Biden during a 2015 visit to Washington. Over those 30 days, the former vice president's campaign and the DNC raised $358 million, while Trump's campaign and the RNC raised $153 million.

The final debate was their second, and final one, after an event slated for last week was canceled. The two rivals instead attended town halls on competing television networks.

When Trump repeatedly asked Biden if he would "close down the oil industry", the Democratic standardbearer said he "would transition from the oil industry, yes", and that he would replace it by renewable energy "over time".

Lemire reported from Washington, Price from Las Vegas.

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