On Thursday evening, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in Nashville, Tenn., for the second — and final — socially distanced debate of the 2020 presidential campaign. They arrived with very different jobs to do.
Biden’s was the easier of the two. Ahead by an average of 9.9 percentage points in the national polls — and leading in enough swing-state surveys to present him with several possible paths to 270 electoral votes — the Democratic nominee simply needed to get through the encounter without committing the kind of dramatic error that could upend the contest at the eleventh hour.
Biden largely achieved his goal, emphasizing his core message that Trump has botched the United States’ response to COVID-19 and failed to help working-class Americans. The former vice president did have some shaky moments, as when Trump accused him of changing his position on banning hydraulic fracking, a key issue in the swing state of Pennsylvania.
“Fracking on federal land, I said, no fracking and/or oil on federal land,” Biden replied — a remark the Trump campaign immediately spliced into a web ad.
Trump, however, had the harder task. To come from behind and defeat Biden on Election Day, the president either needs the state polls to be off by a lot more than in 2016 — or he needs to shift the dynamic, winning over some of the stubborn majority of voters who disapprove of his job performance. Thursday’s debate, which was watched by millions, was probably Trump’s last, best chance to trigger some sort of upheaval in a race that has remained remarkably static throughout a global pandemic, an economic collapse and a racial reckoning in the streets.
Trump was able to stay somewhat on message and delivered his usual attacks on Biden, calling him a creature of Washington who hasn’t achieved anything during his decades in office. Nevertheless, he didn’t really seize the moment.
more recommended stories
According to Expedia Cancun, Riviera Maya top 2021 destination choices for American travelers
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Cancun, Riviera.
Mexico: more than 10,000 infections in 24 hours for the fourth consecutive day
The Ministry of Health reported that,.
Honduran ex-president Zelaya caught at airport with bag of money
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said.
Expatriate conflict with Chelem’s comisaria – Part 3
This is the third installment of.
Researchers Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Maya Water Filtration System
The city of Tikal purified one.
Cancun: Interjet cancels its weekend flights
The airline claims it is due.
Coronavirus in Merida; more than 100 cases in just 24 hours.
MERIDA Yucatan (Times Media Mexico) –.
New record of COVID-19 cases for Mexico in one day
Mexico’s Health Ministry on Friday reported.
Mexico improves health and hygiene protocols for Avocado exports to Japan
The Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico.
Mexico central bank takes gloomier view of economy in 2021
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s central.