WASHINGTON – Republican President Donald Trump and his Democrat opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, will debate on Tuesday night five weeks before the November 3 election.
This is the first of their three planned face-to-face meetings, which will take place within the next month.
It is estimated that 100 million Americans will watch the 1.5-hour discussion between the two presidential candidates, which will be televised and on the Internet.
The debate will be led by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace.
Wallace said that the debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments, each of which will be devoted to one of six topics: the achievements of candidates, the coronavirus pandemic that killed 204 thousand people in the United States, Trump’s nomination of conservative lawyer Amy Connie Barrett to the position of a Supreme Court judge. , the state of the American economy hit by the pandemic, election integrity, and “race and violence” in American cities.
In addition, another last-minute theme is likely to be in the spotlight as well. It is about the Sunday New York Times publication, which said that in 2016, when the billionaire Trump won the election, and in 2017, when he was already in the White House, he paid only $ 750 in federal income tax.
Trump called the publication “completely fake news,” but Biden’s headquarters took advantage of it to reiterate that the president was cut off from working Americans.
In the past, debates between presidential candidates have sometimes been crucial to the outcome of elections, but whether this will be so this time remains an open question. Public opinion polls show that more than 90 percent of voters have already made their choice and do not intend to change it.
On the eve of the debate, Trump expressed doubts about Biden’s acuteness, saying the Democratic candidate was probably under the influence of drugs when he performed well in the debate.
“I will strongly demand that Sleepy Joe take a drug test before or after Tuesday night’s debate,” Trump tweeted. “Naturally, I myself will agree to take such a test.”
Biden’s headquarters retorted: “Vice President Biden intends to put his answers to the debate in words. If the president thinks that his best arguments are in the form of urine, then go ahead. “