Election enters the home stretch with final Biden and Trump debate: Live coverage #3

With less than two weeks to go before the elections, it’s the second and final presidential debate. Joe Biden and Donald Trump will face off, with NBC News’ Kristen Welker moderating and a new set of rules muting the microphone of whoever is not speaking during the initial two-minute answers in each of the six topic areas. Those topics are COVID-19, leadership, American families, race in America, climate change, and national security.

The debate runs for 90 minutes beginning at 9 PM ET. You can watch it on many television networks or stream it at many news sites, including C-SPAN. You can also follow along here.

Whatever you do, do not play a debate drinking game with Trump interrupting or lying as a reason to drink.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 1:48:33 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Here we go on health care. What are you gonna do Trump, when people don’t have it anymore. And he’s as incoherent as ever. Terminate it. Terminate. He loves that word and the rest is pretty much nuts. But he also remembers he has to say “pre-existing.” Also thinks they’re going to win the House. They’re still giving him some kind of drug.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 1:50:41 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Terminate 180 million plans! He really does love that word. So now to coherence, what’ll happen if SCOTUS overturns ACA—says he’ll do Obamacare with public option to become Bidencare and he actually is talking about real policies.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 1:52:03 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Ha, nice “infrastructure” dig from Biden. Yeah, there’s no way to cover pre-existing conditions without the underlying structure of regulations and subsidies and he could have done a better job on that but he does get this stuff, even though this isn’t the real venue to explain it. 

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 2:04:26 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

And flipped on a dime to immigration. He’s asked about family separation and the hundreds of kids whose parents can’t be found. He immediately veered off into coyotes and cartels and gangs and didn’t answer the question. Biden brings it back to the families that were broken up. Trump’s only answer is Obama and Biden built the cages. “They are so well taken care of,” the monster says.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 2:06:00 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Welker—your administration failed to come up with comprehensive immigration reform. It was actually the Republican Senate which would have been a good point for Biden to make, but he didn’t say that. Oh well. He does bring up DACA, the strongest part of his response.

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 · 2:09:54 AM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Now race, so that was a good segue from Trump, albeit unwitting. Welker gives Biden 2 minutes to talk to Black and brown parents about “the talk” and the fear these families have. He knows this stuff by now and is doing well. Trump looks bored and impatient while Biden talks about systemic racism.

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