A lookback on the final presidential debate

A lookback on the final presidential debate

Amanda McMillen, Staff Writer

On October 22, Donald Trump and Joe Biden battled in the final debate before the election. Presented by moderator Kristen Welker, the two candidates spoke about and rebutted their different perspectives of six chosen topics, and a few other loosely mentioned issues. This included but was not limited to: the Coronavirus, climate change and the economy, and racial injustice.

On the topic of the Coronavirus, Donald Trump starts off by explaining that the COVID-19 crisis will soon be over. “There [are] some spikes, and surges [in] some other places, but soon they will all be gone.” Joe Biden then responds by explaining that Donald Trump has been merely dismissing the pandemic, and has not been creating a proper solution. “We’re in no circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan.” Donald Trump then refutes this, and claims that the lives of Americans will soon go back to normal. Joe Biden continues to disagree and tells Donald Trump, “There’s not another serious scientist in the world who thinks it’s going to be over soon.”

After speaking about the Coronavirus pandemic, a new topic emerges: the economy and climate change. Joe Biden begins, ”The future lies in us being able to breathe and [solar energy and wind] will get us there.” Donald Trump then replies by saying, “[Solar power] is not powerful yet to run our big, beautiful factories. If you want to kill the economy, kill the oil industry.” 

The next discussed topic was racial injustice. Donald Trump starts off by stating the following, “Black Lives Matter, I thought it was a terrible thing. As far as my relationships with all people, I think I have great relationships with all people. I am the least racist person in this room.” He then goes on to say, “I think I’ve done more for the Black community than any other president, except maybe with the exception of Abraham Lincoln.” Joe Biden then rebutted with the following statement, “Here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history, he pours fuel on every single racist fire, every single one.” Joe Biden made it clear that unlike what Donald Trump stated, he was indeed racist. Donald Trump continued to disagree, but only the American voters will decide which one of them is correct.

Now, with less than a few days until the election, the American people are sending in their votes, each hoping their choice candidate is awarded the power of presidency.