(PM) – The fight for the United States presidency continued on the debate stage Tuesday night as the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger went head-to-head in a fierce debate over their policies, records and plans for the future.
U.S. President Donald Trump spent most of the first debate ahead of the Nov. 3 interrupting responses by former Vice President Joseph Biden as moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace aimed to stay consistent with a hands-off approach.
While Trump spent much of the debate on the offensive as he combatted both Biden and Wallace, Biden focused on speaking to the viewer at home. The president’s attacks sometimes resulted in shaky responses from the Democrat.
Six topics were covered: The Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in American cities, Trump and Biden’s records and the integrity of the election.
Much of the discussion, however, was marked by a chaotic back-and-forth between the candidates that included personal insults. Biden called his opponent a “clown” and a “racist” while Trump said “there’s nothing smart about you, Joe.”
In the first segment that focused on the president’s push to fill a recently-opened seat on the Supreme Court with a conservative justice, Biden was already fed up with repeated interruptions by Trump.
“Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential,” Biden said. He later added: “You’re the worst president American has ever had.”
Trump took the chance to defend his nomination of Christian conservative Amy Comey Barrett with less than two months before the presidential election, saying that a president is elected for a full four years not three.
“I will tell you very simply we won the election, elections have consequences,” Trump said, explaining that his administration has the right to replace the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Sept. 18, a Bill Clinton appointee.
Biden responded with the Democratic Party stance that the winner of the 2020 election should fill the seat. Should Barett acquire the top court seat, Biden warned that the 6-3 conseravative so-called supermajority would endanger the Affordable Care Act and other Democratic policies.
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