Americans were given one last chance to hear President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their final pitches before the November 3 election. The debate took place at Belmont University in Nashville on Thursday night.
Thursday, both candidates were more subdued and, besides a few interruptions, the debate went far more smoothly than the last.
Still, the two traded barbs over a series of issues such as COVID-19, trade wars, the crisis at the border, healthcare, race and the Supreme Court.
However, the most contentious moment was when President Trump and Biden sparred over their family’s records and spent a great deal of time making allegations of improper foreign business dealings.
The president focused his attacks on allegations that Biden improperly profited from business endeavors that his son, Hunter Biden, has undertaken in Ukraine and China. The Democratic challenger fired back with reports that President Trump has tried to strike business deals with the Chinese and even maintained a bank account there.
When speaking about COVID, the president maintained the nation has the crisis handled and touted a vaccine, stating, “We have a vaccine that’s coming. It’s ready. It’s going to be announced within weeks. And it’s going to be delivered.”
Meanwhile, Biden tore into the president over the 220,000-plus COVID-19 related deaths and said, “Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”
Biden later said if he is elected, he would pass Obamacare with a public option, deeming it “Bidencare,” and outlined his plan. On the flip side, Trump said earlier, “I’d like to terminate Obamacare, come up with a brand-new beautiful health care.”
However, agreement seems to be over the moderator Kristen Welker for keeping both candidates on track.