First presidential debate of 2020


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Current President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden went head to head in the first presidential debate of 2020. Each party has previously been involved with the presidency.

Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump participated in their first presidential debate Sept. 29. The purpose of the presidential debate is to  show what both candidates are for, against, and how they would respond to certain events and situations.

Moderator Chris Wallace, Fox News Anchor, was in charge of making sure everything went smoothly and both parties obeyed the rules. Wallace introduced a topic, asked a question pertaining to it, then each candidate had two minutes to reply with what they would do or how they would handle it.

Many topics were discussed including Trump and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in American cities and the integrity of the election.

Trump said during the COVID-19 topic, that China was fully responsible for the pandemic and that it should have never happened. 

“If we would’ve listened to you [Biden], the country would have been left wide open, millions of people would have died, not 200,000,” Trump said.

Biden replied with how COVID-19 is affecting the people in the nation and how they feel about losing someone due to the virus.

“How many of you got up this morning and had an empty chair at the kitchen table because someone died of COVID?” Biden said. “How many of you are in a situation where you lost your mom or dad and you couldn’t even speak to them, you had a nurse holding a phone up so you could in fact say goodbye?”