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Biden, Trump Face Off In First Presidential Debate | HIGHLIGHTS

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Atlanta: Democratic President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger Donald Trump faced off Thursday night (local time) in a presidential debate, providing voters with a unique opportunity to see the two oldest presidential candidates in US history side by side.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trump, 78, appeared forceful and energetic, while Biden, 81, spoke in a hoarse voice and coughed regularly.
  • Trump criticized Biden for being incoherent, saying, “I really don’t know what he said at the end of that sentence. I don’t think he knows what he said.”
  • The White House stated Biden had a cold, and a Democratic strategist called it a “disaster.”

On Economy

  • Both candidates blamed each other for inflation, the top issue for voters.
  • Biden accused Trump of leaving a “terrible” economy, while Trump called Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic a “disaster.”
  • Polls show voters favour Trump’s handling of the economy over Biden’s.

Losing His Train of Thought

  • Biden struggled to articulate his points on the national debt, confusing “billionaires” with “trillionaires.”
  • Trump mocked Biden’s speech, saying, “He’s right. He did beat Medicare. He beat it to death.”

Trump On Abortion Law

  • Trump vowed not to further restrict abortion if re-elected, despite previously helping to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Biden criticized Trump, saying, “The idea that the founders wanted the politicians to be the ones making the decisions about women’s health is ridiculous.”

Israel-Gaza War

  • Biden balanced his support for Israel with calls for restraint in Gaza, amidst criticism from young voters and progressives.
  • Trump asserted Israel should be allowed to “finish the job” against Hamas.

Ukraine War

  • Trump blamed Biden for the Ukraine war and claimed he could settle it before his potential inauguration.
  • Biden called Putin a “war criminal” and criticized Trump’s vague plan to end the war.

Will Trump Accept 2024 Results?

  • Trump did not directly affirm he would accept the election results, repeating he would if it was a “fair and legal” election.
  • Biden doubted Trump’s commitment to accepting the results, referencing the lack of evidence for widespread fraud in 2020.

Who Is Better At Golf?

  • The debate included a light-hearted yet competitive exchange over golfing skills.
  • Trump boasted about his vitality and challenged Biden’s golf abilities.
  • Biden responded, “I’d be happy to have a driving contest,” claiming a six handicap.

The debate highlighted the stark differences between the two candidates, with each trying to appeal to voters amid a heated political climate.

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