Final Presidential Debate: Biden and Trump Battle in Final Stretch of Campaigns

2 min read In less than 10 days before the 2020 Presidential election, Former Vice President Biden and President Trump face off in a final debate.

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Photo Credit: (C-SPAN) The debate was Thursday, Oct. 22, at Belmont University's Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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By Wesley Wallace | wwallace5@radford.edu

Less than 10 days before the presidential election, Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump completed the final presidential debate. The debate was Thursday, Oct. 22, at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kristen Welker, the White House Correspondent for NBC News, moderated the final debate. She started the event by asking both candidates how they would intend to lead the country during the next COVID-19 Pandemic stage.

President Trump spoke about his next plan of action, stating, “As you know, 2.2 million people modeled out were expected to die. We closed up the greatest economy in the world in order to fight this horrible disease that came from China.”

President Trump continued, “If you notice, the mortality rate is down 85 percent. The excess mortality rate is way down, and much lower than almost any other country.”

She started the event by asking both candidates how they would intend to lead the country during the next COVID-19 Pandemic stage.

Vice President Biden answered Welker’s question, stating, “220,000 Americans are dead. If you hear nothing else that I say tonight, hear this. Anyone who’s responsible for not taking control … anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.”

The moderator asked the candidates whether they would implement additional shutdowns if COVID-19 cases continued to increase. 

Vice Presiden Biden stated, “I’m going to shut down the virus, not the country. It’s [Trump’s] ineptitude that caused the country to have to shut down.”

President Trump refuted Vice President Biden’s claims, saying, “All he does is talk about shutdowns, Democrats are shutdown so tight that they’re dying. We’re not going to shut down. We have to open our schools.”

Throughout the debate, Vice President Biden and President Trump addressed concerns of election interference from Russia and Iran and how they would ensure the upcoming Presidential election’s safety.

The moderator asked the candidates whether they would implement additional shutdowns if COVID-19 cases continued to increase. 

Vice President Biden stated, “I made it clear. And I asked everyone else to take the pledge. I made it clear that any country, no matter who it is, that interferes in American elections will pay a price.”

“They’re interfering with American sovereignty,” Vice President Biden said. “And to the best of my knowledge, I don’t think the President said anything to Putin about it.”

Trump responded, saying, “Joe got three and a half million dollars from Russia…Your family got three and a half million dollars, and you know someday, you’re going to have to explain — why did you get three and a half?”

The two debated multiple topics and ended with closing statements and photos with their spouses.