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September 30, 2020 / 09:58 AM IST

US Presidential Debate 2020 Highlights: 'Shut up', 'liar', 'clown' — Trump, Biden’s personal attacks and insults make 1st event unruly

Highlights of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

The first presidential debate involving United States President and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump and his rival from the Democratic Party Joe Biden has concluded. The debate spanned 90 minutes and involved topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, race and violence, economy and the two candidates’ record. Going into the debate, most opinion polls had placed former vice president Biden in the lead. But, with over a month to go before the final ballots are cast, things could still change.
In fact, this debate serves as an opportunity for millions of voters to directly compare the two leading candidates’ policies and personalities. Catch the latest updates here.
  • September 30, 2020 / 08:42 AM IST

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  • September 30, 2020 / 08:19 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate 2020 LIVE Updates | President Donald Trump spoke for a total of 39:06 minutes, just more than Joe Biden’s 37:56 during today’s debate, according to CNN. What impact did this have on voters? We’ll have to wait for the fresh opinion polls to tell us that.

  • September 30, 2020 / 08:12 AM IST

    The first of the three US presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has concluded. Their running mates, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, will participate in their lone debate on October 8 (6.30 am IST).

  • September 30, 2020 / 08:04 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate 2020 LIVE Updates | In his closing statement, Trump has reiterated that mail-in ballots “is a disaster”. “This is going to be a fraud like you have never seen. We are going to do well. But, who knows? We are not going to know [the election result] for months.”

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:54 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate 2020 LIVE Updates | The next segment is about climate change, California fire and how the candidates plan to curb pollution.

    Biden is putting out a detailed plan which involves about 1 lakh charging stations for electric vehicles along major highways across the country and building energy efficient homes.

    Responding to Trump’s charge, Biden has specifically said that the Green New Deal is “not my plan”. "I don't support the Green New Deal. I support the Biden plan," Biden added.

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:45 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate 2020 LIVE Updates | Asked why voters should elect him over his opponent, Biden says, “Under this president, we became sicker, poorer and weaker. He (Trump) even refused to talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin about the bounty on the heads of our citizens. You (people) were in more trouble than you were before. This was on his (Trump’s) watch. The nation can’t be this way.”

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:40 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate 2020 LIVE Updates | Asked by the moderator if he had spoken to Democratic governors and mayors and asked them do whatever it takes to stop the recent violence in US cities, Biden says, “I don’t hold public office now.”

    Trump says, “Somebody has got to do something about Antifa and the Left”.

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:35 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate LIVE Updates | The two candidates are still debating race, and law and order situation in cities of the United States.

    Trump asks Biden, “Are you in favour of law and order?”

    “[I am in favour of] law and order with justice, where people get treated fairly,” Biden responds.

    Biden has also accused Trump of looking down upon minority communities, but says, “There’s nothing we cannot do if we get together.”

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:30 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate LIVE Updates | Trump has accused Biden of calling the African American community “super predators”. “You (Biden) have no law enforcement. Even if you say those words, you will lose support from your left radicals,” Trump added.

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:23 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate LIVE Updates | Trump has claimed that he has brought back “economic recovery” and jobs to the United States. “Ohio had the best year they have ever had,” Trump says (the debate is happening in Ohio).

    As reported before, Trump has attacked Biden’s son Hunter over him getting lucrative jobs overseas when his father was the US vice president, alluding that the younger Biden was not qualified for them.

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:15 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate LIVE Updates | Now, the taxes. This question from the moderator comes just days after it was revealed by The New York Times that Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all for 11 years before that.

    Rejecting the report and responding to a direct question from the moderator about how much tax he paid in 2016 – the year he won the presidency – Trump said, “I have paid millions of dollars in taxes.”

  • September 30, 2020 / 07:11 AM IST

    US Presidential Debate LIVE Updates | Trump and Biden have been frequently interrupting each other. At one point, Biden snapped at Trump saying, “Will you shut up, man?”

    “The fact is that everything he’s said so far is simply a lie,” Biden said. “I’m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he’s a liar.”

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