US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, his leading challenger and former vice-president, crossed harsh words in their first 2020 presidential election debate.
The debate, which lasted for 90 minutes, was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night.
Moderated by Chris Wallace, a 72-year-old Fox News anchor with over 50 years of experience in politi-cal reporting, the presidential candidates debated on topics hand-picked by the moderator.
The topics addressed include, the US Supreme Court; COVID-19 outbreak; the economy; race and vio-lence in US cities; Trump and Biden’s records as president and vice-president respectively; climate change; and the integrity of US election.
Rather than engage in civil arguments during the debate, the candidates resorted to verbal attacks and accusations, cutting each other with offensive words.
Wallace struggled to maintain control between the heavyweights as he repeatedly called Trump to order for speaking over Biden and for disregarding the established rules both sides had agreed to.
Here are the highlights of the debate.
A major feature in the face-off between Trump and Biden is the series of interruptions and verbal at-tacks between both candidates.
Trump warned Biden against comparing him on the basis of intelligence and accused the democratic candidate of graduating among the lowest in his class at university.
“Did you use the word smart?” The president asked Biden during the debate. “You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in yourclass. Don’t ever use the word smart with me, Joe.”
On his part, Biden described Trump as the worst US president, accusing him of poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and of fueling racial divisions.