Trump and Biden clash sharply over pandemic in less chaotic final debate

A view of US President Donald Trump's microphone on the debate set at Belmont University

Trump told Biden: "You've done nothing but the crime bill which put tens of thousands of Black men in jail".

"I don't look at this in the way he does - blue states and red states", Biden said. USA officials have reported that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers.

With about two weeks to go before the November 3 election, Biden had $162 million in the bank, compared to about $44 million in cash held by the Trump campaign. More than 47 million votes have already have been cast, and there are fewer undecided voters than at this point in previous election years. Biden, meanwhile, argued that Trump was an incompetent leader of a country facing multiple crises and tried to connect what he saw as the president's failures to the everyday lives of Americans, especially when it comes to the pandemic. Trump declared that the virus will go away while Biden warned that the nation was heading toward "a dark winter".

In a visual reminder of the pandemic that has rewritten the norms of American society and fundamentally changed the campaign, sheets of plexiglass had been installed onstage Wednesday between the two men.

The debate, moderated by NBC's Kristen Welker, was a final chance for each man to make his case to a television audience of tens of millions.

The contentious first debate, when the two men traded insults, was watched by at least 73 million viewers.

The news was first announced on Twitter by Fox News' John Roberts.


Three weeks after drawing bipartisan criticism for his frequent interruptions and badgering of his Democratic rival, Trump adopted a more subdued tone in the early portion of the debate.

When he feels cornered, Trump has often lashed out, going as negative as possible.

Trump had no mask.

He added he does not believe former Vice President Joe Biden's past statements he did not talk about Hunter's business dealings, saying Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals".

According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, 50% of likely voters in Florida said they back Biden, while 46% support Trump. The Biden campaign has rejected Trump's assertion of wrongdoing and Biden has denied having anything to do with his son's business dealings. Trump passed up another planned debate last week after it was switched to a virtual format following his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Trump said he wanted to replace the ACA with something "much better" that would offer the same protections, even though the administration has yet to propose a comprehensive healthcare plan despite a promise to do so for years. But after Trump balked, the event was scuttled, and the two candidates instead held dueling town halls 1,000 miles apart. Biden took the stage wearing a mask, which he took off as he approached the podium. Additional reporting from Steve Peoples in Nashville, Bill Barrow in Atlanta, Alexandra Jaffe, Stephen Braun and Zeke Miller in Washington and Aamer Madhani in Chicago.

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