President Trump and Joe Biden Debate Tonight for the First Time at 9pm on Fox
By Yehudit Garmaise
For those interested in politics, tonight is “Fight Night.” At 9pm tonight, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will head to the “ring” for their first of three debates that will take place before the election on Tues., Nov. 3.
Tonight’s debate, which will take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, will run 90 minutes and will be moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace, in front of a small, socially distanced audience of 70 people who will undergo testing for Covid-19 and follow other health safety protocols.
The National Review reports today that while Biden has stayed out of sight during his campaign, he has used his extra time to prepare for the debate, while, taking an opposite approach, Trump has been campaigning hard, but has neglected to put much energy or focus into his preparations for the big debate.
According to the Commission on Presidential Debate, tonight Trump and Biden will debate the following topics: The integrity of the election, race and violence in our cities, the economy, Covid-19, the Supreme Court, and the past records of both Trump and Biden.
On the issue of race and violence in our cities, Trump should bring up the havoc and chaos of the riots with statistics and stories that detail how what started out as “otherwise peaceful protests” were allowed to harm communities and cause further violence and destruction, especially in cities run by Democrats, like Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supported efforts to “defund the police.” Biden, whom the National Review says, “coasted to the Democratic nomination on the strength of his support from black voters,” will express solidarity with Black Lives Matter and blame the violence on systemic racism.
Prior to coronavirus, Trump’s thriving economy should have been the centerpiece of his campaign, however the pandemic has devastated the economy and unemployment has of course risen dramatically.
Of course, Biden will blame Trump for the 200,000 people who have passed away from coronavirus this year, and fingers will be pointed as to who wore masks and when.
In terms of Supreme Court nominations, the two presidential candidates are expected to spar over the seat that was recently left open by liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Last Saturday, Trump nominated the incredibly impressive Seventh Circuit Court’s Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg.
Barrett, an inspiring figure, with likely nothing in her past to criticize, is expected to be confirmed.
In terms of the two candidates records of what they have actually done: the National Review says that because Trump runs on his record, not his personality, he should have the advantage, especially considering his many foreign relations victories, in places such as the Middle East and China, and his 2017 tax cuts, which lowered individual and corporate tax rates, resulting in many fewer tax dollars flowing to the Treasury Department.
Joe Biden, who served as a served as the United States Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009 and the vice president of the United States under Barak Obama from 2009 to 2017, is expected to hearken back to the accomplishments of the Obama administration.
The candidates are also expected to spar on the topic on their own taxes, of which Biden reportedly paid $300,000 in 2019. Today, however, The New York Times reported that President Trump paid no federal income taxes whatsoever in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000.
The story about Trump not paying taxes is a gift for Biden, who casts Trump as out of touch with average Americans, while he frames the campaign as "Scranton vs. Park Avenue," touting himself as the candidate in touch with working Americans because he was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and attended state schools and Trump as out of touch because he is most associated with wealthy midtown Manhattan, CNN reports today.
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