First Presidential Debate Recap

Here is what you may have missed of the first debate of the 2020 election


Grace Jennings

The two candidates during the debate.

Grace Jennings, Copy Editor

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election on Tuesday Sept. 30.

With the debate stocked full of personal attacks and interruptions, some may have missed what the candidates had to say on topics such as COVID-19, healthcare policies, the economy, racial tensions and each candidate’s personal integrity.

Moderator Chris Wallace had each candidate address the coronavirus and how it was handled. Joe Biden argued that President Trump “has no plan, he hasn’t laid out anything.” Trump in return disagreed, saying Biden “could not have done the job we did.” Trump stated that lifting quarantine restrictions was vital to the economy, while Biden claimed that staying in quarantine would be safer for the American people.

A topic brought up was Trump’s 2016 and 2017 income taxes which revealed that he only paid $750.

“I paid millions of dollars in taxes,” Trup said, denouncing his tax returns as “fake news.”

A final controversy discussed was President Trump’s feelings toward white supremacy. Biden directly claimed that Trump is a racist, which Trump denied. When asked by the moderator if he would condemn white supremacy, the President responded “I’m willing to do that,” following up with “almost everything I see is from the left wing. Not from the right.”

This debate is only the first of four, so there are more topics and views for the nominees to discuss over the course of the next month before the election.

The next debate will be held on Thursday Oct. 22.