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Biden, Trump to face off in first presidential debate

Biden, Trump to Face Off in A First Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will see the horns on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night in what promises to be a political battle watched by millions around the world.
The 90-minute showdown kicks off the home stretch of the White House race, with Biden continuing to hold a sizable lead over the president with just 35 days of the Nov. 3 election.
A New York Times / Siena College poll of 950 likely voters taken last week shows Biden has an eight-point lead over Trump. But their performances on the debate stage could tip the competition in favour of the two candidates.
Fox News host Chris Wallace will host the conversation, which will air non-commercial on all major U.S. television networks in addition to being broadcast live worldwide. It will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University.
Topics for debate are expected to include each candidate’s respective track record, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in cities, and electoral integrity.
The debate comes as Trump continues to insist that Biden agree to take a drug test.
Trump’s highly unusual request was ridiculed by the former vice president who told a press conference he had “no comment” on the matter until his campaign formally rejected the proposal.
“Vice President Biden intends to deliver his answers to the debate in words. If the president thinks his best case is in the urine, he can have it,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement to the Politico news site.
“We expected nothing less from Donald Trump, who pissed off the chance to protect the lives of 200,000 Americans when he failed to make a plan to stop Covid-19,” she added, referring to the growing number of coronavirus deaths in the United States.
Tuesday’s debate will start at 9 p.m. EDT at 10:30 p.m. (01:00 GMT to 02:30 GMT).
He will be followed by Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris next week, Oct. 7, in the only Vice Presidential Debate.
Trump and Biden will move to the debate stage again on October 15 and 22 in the last two presidential debates.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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