The last debate before the US presidential election turned out to be less scandalous and more meaningful
Donald Trump and Joe Biden seem to have taken to heart the negative public reaction to their previous verbal duel.
The past debates in Nashville, just 12 days before the election, turned out to be less conflict situations and more specifics..
Leading Kristen Welker from NBC News kept the Republican President and Democratic nominee under strict control, bombarding them with questions about the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, foreign election interference, and candidate finances.
Compared to the first debates, which were remembered for violent mutual attacks and personal insults, the final confrontation can be called a calm conversation. However, towards the end, the situation nevertheless began to heat up.
«He doesn’t want to discuss important issues», – said Joe Biden after a long exchange of views with Donald Trump, during which each candidate threw accusations against the other about allegedly received money from dubious sources.
«It’s not about his family and not about my family.. It’s about your family», – said Biden, looking strictly at the camera.
Trump called the words of the rival «typical political move» and replied that Biden could have come up with something more elegant.
Biden warned that the United States faces very difficult times as the country continues to struggle with coronavirus, but Trump has assured that he has taken all possible prompt measures to respond to the pandemic.
When asked by the host about how he can convince Americans that the vaccine will be available immediately after its creation, the Democrat replied that «will do everything to make this process absolutely transparent».
«America will face difficulties. Trump has no clear plan and no prospect of vaccine availability for most people until mid-next year», – convinced Biden.
«I do not think that the people of the country will continue to suffer from the pandemic. We are opening up our economy again. We now understand this disease much better.», – Trump replied.
The incumbent president also recalled early statements to his rival. Biden criticized Trump in January for travel restrictions from China.
«Now he says that I should have responded faster. But he didn’t move at all. With Biden, the United States would take action a few months later.», – Trump thinks.
Trump says Biden receives money from Russia, China and Ukraine. The former vice president strongly denied this claim, and then tried to ridicule Trump for not publishing his income tax returns and for his personal bank account in China..
«Joe received $ 3.5 million from Russia, which came from Vladimir Putin, because Biden was friendly with the mayor of Moscow. I have never received any money from Russia. This country has sent you a lot of money, and it probably still does. I think you owe an explanation to the American people», – Trump said.
«We know that the president is doing business in China and has a secret bank account there. And this person will tell me that I am taking money? I have never taken a cent from any foreign source in my life.», – answered Biden.
«In addition, i have released all my 22 year tax returns, go and see them. You haven’t published a single year of your tax return. Hiding something, President?», – continued Biden.
Trump and Biden face off in final US presidential debate – highlights
However, Trump has always had a universal answer to such questions. He cannot publish his tax returns as they are under IRS scrutiny.
Trump and Biden split sharply over U.S. national minimum wage.
Now it is $ 7.25 per hour, and Trump believes that this level is acceptable, and it is necessary to change it directly to state leaders, starting from the situation on the labor market. Biden believes that the minimum should rise to $ 15.
«Small businesses collapsed when we tried to raise the overall level of wages. Such decisions should be made by heads of state.. Alabama is different from New York. New York is different from Vermont. Every state is different. We need to help our small businesses individually. About 15 dollars – this is great, somewhere this amount may not be enough», – Trump said.
Biden was seriously outraged by the opponent’s position. «People are forced to work in two jobs, because otherwise they will find themselves below the poverty line. Americans get $ 6-7 per hour. For example, employees of the rescue service. We applaud them as they walk down the street. These guys deserve a $ 15 minimum wage. Anything below this can make a man a beggar. And there is no evidence that businesses go out of business when you raise the minimum wage.», – he said.
While discussing the topic of climate change, Biden said his environmental plan would move away from the oil industry in favor of renewable energy sources, provoking a violent reaction from Trump..
«He’s going to destroy the oil industry. Texas, Pennsylvania, have you heard that!?»
Biden replied that he simply wanted to end federal subsidies for oil companies. After the debate, he repeated this in an interview with reporters, stressing that America it won’t get rid of fossil fuels.