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US Presidential Debate 2020 Highlights: Trump calls himself 'least racist person', claims to have done more for Black Americans than any other president

US Presidential Debate 2020 Highlights: Trump blamed Biden as an almost singular force behind mass incarceration, especially of 'young Black men'

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US Presidential Debate 2020 Highlights: Trump calls himself 'least racist person', claims to have done more for Black Americans than any other president

File image of US President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate on 29 September. AP

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Oct 23, 2020 - 09:00 (IST)

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Trump attacks Biden over Obamacare

Trump and Biden each sought to position himself as the defender of American’s health care, keenly aware that it ranked among the top issues for voters even before the coronavirus pandemic struck the nation.

But Trump’s efforts to repeal and undermine the Obama-era Affordable Care Act proved to be a liability, as Biden hammered his efforts to strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans and his lack of a plan to cover those with preexisting conditions.

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:50 (IST)

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Trump takes credit for cleanest air and water US has seen in ages

Trump and Biden faced off on global climate change in the first extensive discussion of the issue in a presidential debate in 20 years.

Biden sounded the alarm for the world to address a warming climate, as Trump took credit for pulling the US out of a major international accord to do just that. Trump asserted he was trying to save American jobs, while taking credit for some of the cleanest air and water the nation has seen in generations — some of it a holdover of regulations passed by his predecessor.

Biden, tapping into an issue of particular importance to his base, called for massive investment to create new environmentally friendly industries. “Our health and our jobs are at stake,” he said.

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:18 (IST)

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Biden says Trump 'pours fuel' on racist fires

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are clashing on race relations, as the former vice president calls the current president “one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history.”

Biden said Trump “pours fuel on every racist fire” and noted that at his last debate the president wouldn’t condemn white supremacy and told an extremist group to “stand down and stand by.”

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:17 (IST)

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Trump and Biden spar over fracking as debate winds down

Toward the end of the debate, Trump accused Biden of changing his tune on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an issue that is important to many voters in Pennsylvania.

Biden stated unequivocally that he does not want to ban fracking. "I have never said I opposed fracking," sad Biden. The Democrat said he would rule out banning fracking.

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:12 (IST)

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Trump accuses Biden of doing 'nothing' during his tenure

As Biden talked about his policy plan on race and criminal justice reform, Trump accused the former vice president of doing "nothing" during his tenure in the White House.

"Why didn't you do that four years ago, even less than that? You were the vice president. You keep talking about all these things you're going to do. But you were there just a short time ago and you guys did nothing," Trump added.

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:11 (IST)

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'Joe, I ran because of you': Trump 

President Donald Trump slammed former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama for doing a "poor job" during their two terms in the White House.

"Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run," Trump said.

Oct 23, 2020 - 08:09 (IST)

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I am the least racist person in this room: Trump 

Trump responded to a question about his harsh rhetoric about Black Lives Matter by continuing to disparage the movement while claiming to be the “the least racist person in this room.” Pressed on what he would say to Americans concerned about his rhetoric, the president said, “I don’t, I mean, I don’t know what to say.”

Oct 23, 2020 - 07:56 (IST)

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Trump defends separating migrant kids from families

President Donald Trump defended his administration’s separation of immigrant children who remain away from their families following detentions along the US-Mexico border.

Trump said that children are often brought across the border not by families but “by coyotes and lots of bad people.”

The American Civil Liberties Union told a judge this week that there were still 545 children separated from their parents from 2018.

Oct 23, 2020 - 07:49 (IST)

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Biden calls North Korea's Kim Jong-un a 'thug'

In the national security portion of the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the former vice president said that the president legitimised North Korea by meeting with Kim Jong-un.

He accused the president of cozying up to a "thug" while Trump touted the "good relationship" between the US and the communist state.

Biden responded: “We had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded the rest of Europe. Come on.”

Oct 23, 2020 - 07:40 (IST)

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Trump says Obama administration left him 'mess'

President Donald Trump said the Obama administration left him a "mess" to deal with in terms of tempering relations between the United States and North Korea.

Trump said during the final presidential debate that he had warded off a war that could have threatened millions of lives, saying President Barack Obama had told him he viewed potential danger from Kim Jong Un as among the country's greatest national security threats.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Trump had “legitimized” a “thug” by meeting with and forging a relationship with Kim.

Trump countered that Kim “didn’t like Obama” and insisted, “Having a good relationship with other countries is a good thing.”

US Presidential Debate 2020 LATEST Updates: Trump blamed Biden as an almost singular force behind mass incarceration, especially of "young Black men". He declared himself "the least racist person in this room" and repeated his claim that "nobody has done what I've done" for Black Americans "with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, possible exception."

Trump responded to a question about his harsh rhetoric about Black Lives Matter by continuing to disparage the movement while claiming to be the "the least racist person in this room".

Accusing the the president of cozying up to a "thug", Joe Biden said that Trump legitimised North Korea by meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opened the final general election debate on Friday by arguing President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States should guarantee he is voted out of office in November.

US president Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will have their third and final round of debate on Friday (23 October), ahead of the upcoming 3 November election.

US Presidential Debate 2020 date and timing

The debate between Trump and Biden will begin at 6.30 am IST and run for 90 minutes.

Those interested in watching the debate can check the live streaming on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

All about the debate

Trump will face his rival at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and the candidates are expected to attract millions of viewership during their 90-minute verbal encounter.

The presidential debate is being moderated by Kristen Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent.

The first debate, held three weeks ago, devolved  into rancour due to constant interruptions by Trump.

The Commission on Presidential Debates subsequently tweaked the format so that candidates' microphones are turned off while their opponent is speaking for the opening two minutes during each of the six-issue segments.

Earlier, Trump had refused to participate in the second event on 15 October after it was announced that the debate would be held virtually in light of his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the six topics being covered in the event include the fight against COVID-19 , American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

 

 

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