Like many other things this year, US Presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden also take a different look. 2020 US Presidential debates were sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
The first debate between President Donald Trump and Presidential Nominee Joe Biden took place on September 29, 2020, in Cleaveland, Ohio from 9:00 to 10:30 pm.
The first presidential debate was moderated by Fox’s new anchor Chris Wallace and shared by Case Western Reserve University.
CPD has designed the format of the debate. The debate consists of six segments. Each segment has a duration of 15 minutes.
Moderator Wallace has introduced each topic in the segment and gave two minutes to each candidate to speak, followed the facilitated discussion between candidates. The six segments include:
- Trump’s and Biden’s record
- The Supreme Court
- The Coronavirus Pandemic
- Race and Violence in Cities
- Election Integrity
Both the candidates have agreed to these rules. Donald Trump has interrupted and slammed Biden during Biden’s turn to answer each question. Wallace asked Trump to follow the rules of debate.
In the first subject, ‘The Supreme Court’ Wallace inquired about the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. He asked them to defend their point of view regarding this matter. Trump has earlier nominated Amy Barret to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trump said that they won the election they have a white house and senate. They have a nominee and have a right to choose the nominee. So, they nominated her because on top of everything she has an excellent educational background.
While Biden defended his statement and said that American people have a right to choose a Supreme Court nominee. But they are not going to get the chance because the election has already started.
He said that the President is in Supreme Court right now to eliminate the Affordable care act. Biden made it clear that he is not against Amy Barrett but the problem is that she’s written before she went into the bench.
The second subject was about the ‘COVID-19’ which is the ongoing concern for the whole world. This pandemic has killed 200,000 people in America. It took time to return to the normal phase, said Wallace.
He asked the Candidate what they will do about this pandemic and why American people trust them? Joe criticized the President and said that he has no plan for the pandemic. But on the other hand, President Trump insisted that he did a great job.
He said: “Joe, you could never have done the job that we did. You don’t have it in your blood. You could’ve never done that, Joe.”
Moderator than inquired about the economy and said that the unemployment rate fell 8.4% last month. President Trump said that he built the greatest economy in history but due to china’s plague they have closed the economy. Joe said that those people lost their jobs who were in the frontline.
Unemployment is a serious issue in the United State in 2020. The unemployment rate in the US reached an all-time high of 14.70% in April 2020, 13.3% in May, and 11.1% in June 2020. The second serious issue is health care as the ongoing pandemic has killed 200,000 Americans.
If we look at the US crime rate by type of crime in 2019, the property crime reached 2209.8, Larceny thefts were 160.16, Burglary 378, violent crimes 383.4, aggravated assaults 248.2, motor vehicle thefts 230.2, Robbery rate was 86.1, rape 44 and murder and the nonnegligent slaughter was 5.
The second presidential debate was scheduled for October 15, 2020, in Miami, Florida. The moderator was Steve Scully.
But Commission has canceled the debate after Trump has refused to take part in the virtual debate despite concerns over his COVID-19 diagnosis.
CPD is now preparing for the final debate which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, and shared by Belmont University on October 22, 2020. The third debate moderator will be Kristen Welker.
A total of 1,212 candidates have filed for the 2020 presidential election. The four important candidates running for president include the Donald Trump of the Republican Party, Joe Biden of the Democratic Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Jo Jorgensen of the Libertarian Party.
The Vice Presidential debate took place on Wednesday, 7, 2020 at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. VP debate’s moderator was Susan Page of USA Today.
The debate between VP Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris was divided into nine 10 minutes segments. Mike and Harris were seated 12 feet and 3 inches apart.
Subjects of the VP debate were unemployment, supreme court, economy, immigration, abortion, Climate variability and change, Healthcare, and wage, etc. The debate had 57.9 million viewers on TV and become the most-watched VP debate in US history.
It is difficult to get the ticket for a primary and presidential debate. Ticketing is managed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or the Republican National Committee (RNC).
One can get the ticket to the general election presidential debate by the university which is hosting the debate. The First Presidential debate was hosted by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
The Vice Presidential debate was hosted by The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. The second presidential debate was scheduled to host by The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida. The third and final presidential debate will be hosted by Belmont University, Nashville, TN.