2020 Presidential Debate: Trump opts for combative approach, Biden offers lukewarm defense

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First 2020 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Millions of Americans eagerly tuned in to watch one of the biggest televised events in  2020, the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. It was a night fraught with personal attacks, memorable zingers, and utter chaos.

For Trump, the ultimate goal was to cleave away a small slice of undecided voters in key swing states by offering a clear-cut alternative to Biden’s America which he likened to a pet project of the radical left. Biden, who had a sparse presence on the campaign trail, had to prove to voters that he is both mentally cognizant and capable of devising his own policies, not those of the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.

Both candidates were able to partially achieve their goals, but not totally. FOX News’ Chris Wallace moderated the debate but quickly turned into a debate participant himself. The debate focused on six key issues: the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, law and order, race relations, candidate track records, and electoral integrity.