During the final pre-election debate, incumbent US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden expressed their views on the fight against COVID-19, foreign interference in the American elections, immigration, health care, climate change, and did not fail to exchange mutual accusations.
The final debate in Nashville, Tennessee, was calmer. The rivals hardly interrupted each other, largely thanks to the muting microphones, which allowed each candidate to speak without interruption for two minutes on each of the six topics.
During the first segment dealing with the fight against COVID-19, Trump was optimistic and insisted that the coronavirus would go away soon. He also noted that the COVID-19 vaccine could be available in a few weeks.
In turn, Biden warned of the worsening of the situation, saying that the country was about to “enter a dark winter.” He has repeatedly criticized Trump for his response to the coronavirus, accusing him of not having a plan to fight the pandemic and being responsible for the deaths of people in the United States.
“Anyone who is responsible for not taking control (…), anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain, President of the United States of America,” Biden said.
One of the central topics of discussion was foreign interference in the US elections. Biden said that “any country that interferes in the elections will pay for it.”
“They violate America’s sovereignty,” the former vice president said in response to statements by US Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, that Russia and Iran are trying to interfere in American elections.
Meanwhile, the US president sought to pressure Biden over the story of his son Hunter Biden and accuse him of receiving Russian money, but the former vice president denied all of Trump’s accusations.
“Joe received $ 3.5 million from Russia, was on friendly terms with the mayor of Moscow, he must explain this. I did not receive any money from Russia,” the US president said.
In turn, Biden said: “I did not take a penny from any foreign source. I have published my tax returns for all 22 years. You are not one.”
Talking about his son’s work at the Ukrainian company Burisma, the former vice president said that “there was nothing unethical there.”
He attributed all the accusations against his son to the Russian disinformation campaign.
“Are you saying that the story with the laptop (Hunter Biden – IF) is another story with a Russian hoax?” Trump asked. To which he received an affirmative answer.
“You must be kidding,” he laughed.
Meanwhile, Biden expressed the opinion that Russia is thus trying to prevent him from winning the US presidential election. He called Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani a “Russian pawn” that spreads false information.
Trump and Biden also argued about health policy, immigration, climate change, and criminal justice reform.
Overall, Trump’s closing message mirrored his 2016 speech. He wondered why Biden hadn’t acted on key issues during his decades in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Biden said he wants to unite the country.
“I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’m going to be American President, I don’t see red states and blue states. What I see in the United States of America,” Biden said.
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.