Presidential debate live: Trump and Biden face off in final clash | US news

Final presidential debate gets underway

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Trump and Biden debate as coronavirus death toll climbs

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Trump and Biden will have 90 minutes to make their closing arguments to the nation, amid a pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected millions more, including the president. Due to the pandemic, more than 40 million Americans have already cast their ballots, shattering records and leaving Trump an increasingly narrow window to reset the debate.

Despite the cascading public health and economic crises, Biden has maintained a steady lead over the incumbent, according to public opinion polls, while Trump has struggled to outline his vision for a second term and grapple with voters’ disapproval of his response to the pandemic.

Trump’s challenge will be to demonstrate that he can keep his cool after a chaotic and widely criticized first presidential debate in Cleveland last month, during which he repeatedly interrupted Biden. Trump’s angry performance was poorly reviewed, and Biden only strengthened his polling lead following the clash.

This time, each candidate will have his microphone muted while his rival delivers a two-minute response to each of the six pre-determined debate topics, which include: fighting Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Trump and Biden to face off in final presidential debate

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