Unlike what most Americans expected, the last United States (US) presidential election debate between President Donald Trump and his rival, former vice president Joe Biden, was something of a shock as it was even calmer than previous experiences that have fuelled arguments among political analysts.
The debate came on the backdrop of the harsh economic effect of COVID-19, a dwindling national economy and myriads of allegations made against the Trump-led administration in relation to racial discrimination and injustice.
While many online polls have favoured Biden, even though his campaign council has warned that victory is not sure until after the actual voting, Trump's funding of the re-election bid has been described as weak in recent times, Time.com reports.
One of the reasons the debate was more civil this time was due to the rule of moderation which allowed the switching off of the microphone when candidates interrupt themselves when not asked to answer questions, as a way of avoiding the last showdown in Cleveland, although Trump has referred to this as a bias.
In relation to harmful gas emission, both Trump and Biden promised to save the environment, disagreed strongly on clean energy and the attendant need for conservative measures.
On one hand, Biden believes a growing green-energy industry will create jobs for millions of Americans; on the other, Trump is afraid that the idea is hazardous, claiming that the “the fumes coming up to make these massive windmills is more than anything that we’re talking about with natural gas.”
On healthcare, Biden is seeking form a Public Option 2.0 to provide citizens with the option of purchasing public health insurance cause competition for health insurance rates in the private sector with a view to reducing cost; in his view, the president said he will end the Affordable Care Act.
Concerning this, Trump said:
“What I would like to do is much better healthcare, much better. It will always protect people with pre-existing — so I’d like to terminate Obamacare, [and] come up with a brand new, beautiful health-care [plan].” He offered scant details on what that plan would look like."
With respect to coronavirus, many US citizens, including Biden believe Trump should not be president of America because his nonchalance is responsible for the massive deaths from the virus.
However, the US president said the pandemic is going down as the government, according to him, is overcoming it.
“We’re rounding the turn, we’re rounding the corner, it’s going away.”
Meanwhile, Biden highlighted the crucial role the African American community can play. The former US vice president said that in terms of voting, "the African American community can determine this election".
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