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US Presidential Debate 2020 Event Highlights: First Biden-Trump face-off concludes, veers from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'

US Presidential Debate 2020 Event Highlights: The first presidential debate concluded with Chris Wallace asking both candidates if they would commit to urging calm and avoiding declaring victory until the election results are independently verified

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US Presidential Debate 2020 Event Highlights: First Biden-Trump face-off concludes, veers from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'

Preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in Cleveland. AP

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Sept 30, 2020 - 09:09 (IST)

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First Biden-Trump face-off concludes

US President Donald Trump spoke for a total of 39.06 minutes, just more than Democratic challenger Joe Biden's 37:56 during the first presidential debate, according to CNN.

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:40 (IST)

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Mail-in ballots a disaster: Trump 

In his closing statement, Trump has reiterated that mail-in ballots "is a disaster". "This is going to be a fraud like you have never seen. We are going to do well. But, who knows? We are not going to know (the election results) for months."

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:39 (IST)

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Trump is Putin's puppy: Joe Biden 

Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of failing to confront Russia, accusing the US leader of being the "puppy" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I've gone head to head with Putin, and made it clear to him - we're not going to take any of this stuff. He's Putin's puppy," Biden said of Trump.

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:23 (IST)

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US presidential debate displayed contrasting styles of Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Trump’s debating style helped carry him to victory and can still be glimpsed almost every time he appears at a White House news conference or a rally.

But Biden’s performances have been inconsistent over the course of two vice presidential debates and through this season of nearly a dozen Democratic primary debates. Even his supporters say that, at 77, his voice is less firm and that he appears less energetic and passionate than just eight years ago. Trump has highlighted some of those moments to try to raise doubts about his opponent’s mental acuity.

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Sept 30, 2020 - 08:19 (IST)

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Debate veers from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'

It started out civil enough, with President Donald Trump striding deliberately to his lectern, and Democrat Joe Biden nodding to his opponent and offering, “How you doing, man?”

Within 15 minutes, the interruptions and talking over one another at Tuesday's presidential debate had deteriorated to the point that Biden blurted out, “Will you shut up, man?”

There were no handshakes to start the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election. The traditional nicety was one of several formalities abandoned because of the ongoing pandemic.

The 90-minute faceoff played out in a makeshift debate hall with a crowd of under 100 people due to coronavirus safety restrictions, in an atrium that previously was set up for use as a hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:15 (IST)

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Show up and vote, in whichever way is best for you: Biden 

To ensure a fair election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden said America should let people vote, even by mail-in ballots, make sure polls are open in time and stay open till all votes are counted.

"Show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election. Vote, vote, vote. Vote in whatever way is the best way for you," Biden told the electorate. 

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:11 (IST)

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Trump and Biden lash, interrupt each other

In what was the most chaotic presidential debate in recent years, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign, the two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, "Will you shut up, man?"

"The fact is that everything he’s said so far is simply a lie," Biden said. "I’m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he’s a liar."

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:08 (IST)

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'Under Trump administration, America has become weaker, sicker, poorer and more divided': Biden

On why the electorate should vote for him, Donald Trump said, "There has never been an administration or a president who has done more than I have done in three and a half years." Biden, said, "Under this president, we've become weaker, sicker, poorer and more divided."

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:03 (IST)

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Biden argues his climate plan would pay for itself

Trump attacked Biden for his climate policies, claiming his proposals would cause economic catastrophe. When asked whether he supported the Green New Deal, Biden said he did not because he has his own climate plan.

"I support the Biden plan that I put forward, which is different than what he calls the radical Green New Deal," Biden said.

Sept 30, 2020 - 08:01 (IST)

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Trump claims Biden wants to shut down America

President Donald Trump claimed several times that Joe Biden wanted to shut down the country to address the coronavirus. "He wants to shut down this country and I want to keep it open," Trump said.

US Presidential Debate 2020 Event LATEST Updates: The first presidential debate concluded with Chris Wallace asking both candidates if they would commit to urging calm and avoiding declaring victory until the election results are independently verified.

In what was the most chaotic presidential debate in recent years, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign, the two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, "Will you shut up, man?"

During a prolonged segment on race, the two fought over who would handle issues of race, culminating in Biden calling Trump a racist.

President Donald Trump says he's had "no negative effect" from massive campaign rallies with thousands of attendees not adhering to social distancing recommendations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said during Tuesday night’s debate against Democrat Joe Biden that he thought masks “are OK,” pulling one out from his pocket and saying, “I wear masks when needed.”

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have now taken the debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio. The first presidential debate is officially underway with discussion on president's Supreme Court pick.

Dubbed as the "Super Bowl of American Democracy", Donald Trump and Joe Biden would respond to questions on their track record, the Supreme Court, economy, race and violence in cities and integrity of the elections.

Ahead of the US presidential election on 3 November, Republican candidate and incumbent President Donald Trump will go head-to-head with Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden at 6.30 am Indian Standard Time.

The much-awaited clash, set to occur at 9 pm Eastern Time in Cleveland, will be moderated by Chris Wallace, the anchor of Fox News Sunday. This will be the second time Wallace will be moderating a presidential debate. He earlier helmed the Trump and Clinton debate in 2016.

This will be the first of three debates ahead of November's election.

As per Indian Express, the 90-minute debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. Each segment will focus on vital topics including the candidates’ records, the Supreme Court, the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, race and violence in the US, and the integrity of the election.

Here are some other details about the first debate 2020 between Trump and Biden:

Time

The first debate will be held on 29 September from 9 pm to 10:30 pm Eastern Time. In India, the debate will be televised live between 6:30 am and 8 am.

Venue

The debate is slated to occur at the Samson Pavillion of the Health Education Campus (HEC) shared by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

The debate was earlier scheduled to take place at the University of Notre Dame but the university, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, withdrew as host.

Where to watch

The New York Times will be streaming the first debate event live. It will also be aired on channels including CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, C-SPAN, NBC and MSNBC.

Format

The entire debate will be divided into six segments. Each segment will be around 15 minutes. The moderator will introduce a topic and give each candidate two minutes. This will be followed by a discussion between the candidates, with the two receiving approximately equal time.

Safety precautions

Amid the customs and routines upended by the coronavirus will be the customary display of civility before the debate: Trump and Biden are not expected to shake hands at the opening. They will each be stationed at podiums spaced far apart and are expected to have a limited, socially distanced audience reports The Associated Press.

Future debates

The second debate is set to occur on 15 October. The debate will be hosted at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Steve Scully, the political editor at C-SPAN, will be moderating the debate.

The third and final debate will occur on 22 October at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This debate will be moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

V-P debate on 7 Oct

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and Vice-President Mike Pence are set to debate just once: in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 7 October.

The debate will be hosted at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah and will be moderated by USA Today’s Washington Bureau chief Susan Page. According to The New York Times, the debate will be split into nine segments, each around 10 minutes.

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