NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden squared off in Nashville tonight for their final presidential debate.
It was a key showdown, with less than two weeks to go before Election Day. Thursday was the last chance—at least debate-wise—for the candidates to make their cases to the American people.
The two of them went back and forth on a number of hot button issues, including COVID-19 and social unrest across the country.
Trump praised his efforts to combat the coronavirus, claiming the infection curve is starting to flatten.
“We have a problem that’s a worldwide problem, but I’ve been congratulated by the heads of many countries on what I’ve been able to do,” Trump said. “It will go away. We are rounding the turn.”
Former Vice President Biden called Trump’s response to the pandemic a failure, citing the 220,000 Americans who have died from the virus.
“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America,” Biden said.
The debate shifted to alleged attempts by foreign countries, including Russia, to interfere in the election.
“They will pay a price if I’m elected,” Biden said. “They’re interfering with American sovereignty. That’s what’s going on right now.”
“There has been nobody tougher on Russia between the sanctions. Nobody tougher on than me on Russia,” Trump said.
Another topic tonight was national security. Both candidates disagreed on America’s relationship with North Korea and that country’s efforts to increase its nuclear arsenal.
“We have a great relationship. There is no war,” Trump said.
“We had a great relationship with Hitler, too, before he invaded Europe,” Biden said.
It was a strong push from both candidates with Election Day so close. It’s worth noting more Americans have voted early this year than in the 2016.