The second election debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden on the night from Wednesday to Thursday was a lot more substantive and less chaotic than the first. Whether it will win over many voters remains to be seen.
‘We are about to enter a dark winter’
The president was calmer and allowed his Democratic rival to finish his talk more often. The broadcaster’s moderator, White House correspondent Kristen Welker NBC News, was partly able to keep more control over the debate than her Fox News-collega Chris Wallace.
Welker acted decisively several times to get the candidates back on schedule. Although he openly questioned her impartiality in the days before the debate, major clashes between Trump and Welker failed to materialize. He even complimented her.
For both candidates, the debate was the last opportunity to present itself to a wide audience of tens of millions of Americans.
The pandemic was the subject of the opening question: if you become president, how will your government deal with the crisis?
Experts say that the US is now dealing with a third wave of corona infections. Especially in the less densely populated states in the American Midwest, such as North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, the number of cases is increasing rapidly, but an upward trend is also visible elsewhere.
President Trump praised the experimental medications he received after his own corona diagnosis, saying that two pharmacists will complete their development of a vaccine “within weeks” and the US military will spread it across the country very soon. “It will just go away,” he said of the virus several times. “We’re almost out.”
Biden accused Trump of painting too rosy a picture and accused his administration of doing “next to nothing” to stop the spread of the virus.
He warned that experts predict another 200,000 American deaths by the end of the year. “We are about to enter a dark winter, a dark winter, and he has no clear plan.” About his own dream policy, he said he will urge all Americans to wear masks and provide more testing capacity nationwide.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden during the debate, moderator Kristen Welker in the background. (Photo: ANP)
As an extension of the pandemic, concern was discussed – traditionally one of the most important election themes and this year, of course, extra acute.