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A montage with photos of Donald Trump, president of the United States, and Joe Biden, Democratic candidate.SAUL LOEB JIM WATSON / AFP

Donald Trump and Joe Biden will meet this Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee for their second and final debate before the presidential election on November 3. Of the greater or lesser influence of these crosses in the electoral results, up to doctoral theses have been written in the United States, but it is difficult to determine the weight of this debate: more than 42 million Americans have already voted in advance, according to data from the Associated Press, and there are very few undecided, but in a polarized time like this, victory is reached by small margins, and a handful of decisions change the outcome. The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. Washington time (8:00 p.m. in Mexico City; 10:00 p.m. in Buenos Aires; and 3:00 a.m. in mainland Spain) and will be broadcast on streaming on the EL PAÍS website, with the support of a live broadcast covered by our network of correspondents, as well as flash analysis, videos, data checks and reports from our specialists.

The first debate, on September 29, became such a rude and chaotic spectacle that the organizers have decided to change the way it works and, at least during the initial presentation, to silence the microphone of those who do not have the turn to speak to leave. that the rival gives his speech without incident. In that segment, each candidate will have two minutes per thematic block, but from there, in the aftershocks and counter-replies, the disorderly fight of the first time can be repeated, in which the Republican president cut the Democratic candidate so many times that this He came to blurt out: "Are you going to shut up, man?"

Trump is a television creature, expert on reality shows and rude in debates. Biden, despite the stalemate of 50 years of political career, is not particularly good at it, as was seen during the Democratic primary, and he transmits less energy than his opponent. The Democrat should focus attention on the pandemic, which has already caused more than 222,000 deaths in the United States, and to which Trump has responded erratically, downplaying and even contravening the guidelines of his own experts. The Republican, on the other hand, should divert attention elsewhere.

The debate will include questions about the coronavirus pandemic, the plight of American families, racial tension, climate change, national security and leadership. According to the US press, Trump plans to attack Biden for his son Hunter's business in Ukraine, where he was employed by a major gas company when the father was Obama's vice president.

There have never been indications of any illegality, beyond the criticism that the signing caused by conflict of interest in his day, but the Republican is trying to associate the Democrat with corruption, in the same way that he did with Hillary Clinton, to the one who spent the campaign calling "Hillary the corrupt one." Biden, for his part, will try to point out Trump as responsible for a permanent state of crisis. He arrives at the appointment with a 7.5 percentage point advantage in the national average of polls (50.6% vs 43.1%, according to Real Clear Politics), but the country that four years ago saw Trump win with the polls against will not be pending tonight of those numbers, but of the screen.

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