Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the two candidates running to be the American President.
On Tuesday 29th September, Trump and Biden had their first debate.
It was very childish, with both candidates arguing, and interrupting each other.
But when it was over, what was the outcome?
Was there an outcome at all?
You can see the highlights of the debate here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54350538
Donald Trump made some interesting points about the American economy whilst he has been in charge, but Joe Biden also countered that by pointing out that America has had 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 so far.
Under Donald Trump, Joe Biden pointed out, America has become;
"Weaker, sicker, poorer, more divided and more violent."
This implies that America has been doing very badly over the last four years, under Donald Trump's leadership.
A lot of people would agree with that; the fact that Donald Trump has made America worse as a whole. They could back this up with the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide; sparked by police brutality in the United States.
But other people would disagree; for instance, the fact that the American economy has actually been doing better than a lot of countries over Lockdown, and Trump has kept the death toll from coronavirus in America as low as possible.
Trump then countered this comment with;
'"Our country is coming back incredibly well, setting records as it does it."'
This implies that with Trump in the White House, America has been getting better overall, and setting records. A lot of people could turn this around by saying;
"Well, yes we have been setting records, but not good ones."
This is evident, as America has the most cases of COVID-19 in the world and the most deaths. But people could also say that America has got the furthest in the world as to developing a vaccine for coronavirus, and they have the most life-saving drugs.
After about 45 minutes of heated discussion and interruptions, the debate came to an end.
So after all that, who won?
Some people think Biden won, such as The Guardian's David Smith who said:
"Donald Trump ensured Tuesday’s first US presidential debate was the worst in American history, a national humiliation... Facing this asymmetric bullying, Biden showed self-control and stood his ground."
And MSNBC's Joy Reid who described Donald Trump as:
"an angry autocrat who's desperate to hang on to power."
But other people think trump won, for example, Rosa Prince said in The Telegraph:
"Mr Trump debated as he has governed: with an unshakeable confidence… the Democratic candidate floundered where almost any of his former rivals for the nomination would have flourished."
And David Bossie of Fox News who said:
"The president gave a commanding performance… Biden still has no answer about why he failed to accomplish in 47 years what President Trump has delivered for the American people in just 47 months."
After all this, I do not think there was an outcome to the debate; both candidates were squabbling, and in general, did not get their point across. These are both grown men who know how to debate, setting a bad example to the public about being President.
I am not sure how either of these men are going to get many votes on November 3rd; in 3 and a half weeks time.
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