“What is on the ballot this year is the character of this country,” Biden says in his closing remarks.
Biden has made a point to say that while he is running as a proud Democrat, he will be a president for all Americans.
Trump was asked what he’d say in an inaugural address, and he unspooled a lengthy attack on Biden – whom he would already have defeated.
“He went on with fracking, ‘We are not going to have fracking.’ Then he goes to Pennsylvania once he got the nomination, and he just, ‘Oh, we’re going to have fracking’: Trump
Trump keeps returning to arguing that Biden had his chance to work in the White House and should have accomplished his goals during those eight years. “It’s all talk and no action with these politicians.”
Biden called Black community as 'super predators' in 1994. The Black community likes me and I like them: Donald Trump
“This guy has a dog whistle about as big as a fog horn,” Biden says.
“I’m the least racist person in this room,” Trump says. Biden responds: “He pours fuel on every racist fire, every one.”
“Nobody has done more for the Black community,” Trump repeats about himself, “except for Abraham Lincoln.”
Trump used the same attack in the first debate that Biden called some Black people “super-predators.” That was a line used by Hillary Clinton in 1994, not Joe Biden.
“I ran because of you,” Trump says. Biden responds: “Our character is on the ballot. Look at us closely.”
Fact check on the “cages”: The Obama administration did build facilities to hold migrants. But they did not routinely separate children from their parents.
Barack Obama got immigration wrong. As President I will fix that, says Biden.
As The Times report notes – and Biden said – these 545 kids came with parents, “coyotes” didn’t bring them, as Trump claimed.
The separation of children from their parents is one of the main issues that has driven some evangelical women away from Trump.
“I don’t see red states and blue states, I see the United States,” says Biden, echoing Barack Obama.
"Bidencare" Joe Biden outlines: It's Obamacare, but better.
“He thinks he’s running against someone else,” Biden says — a reprise of a line we’ve heard a lot in the general election.
Biden reiterating his support for the existence of private health insurance, which was a sticking point in a Democratic primary defined in part by battles over Medicare for all.
The Trump administration is currently part of a lawsuit that would eliminate coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
“What I would like to do is a much better health care,” Trump says. He’s been promising such a plan for four years, but he has never specified what it is.
Biden compared the “good relationship” that Trump claims with Kim to America’s relationship with Hitler “before he in fact invaded Europe.”
Asked if North Korea rolling out its biggest-ever intercontinental missile was a betrayal of his “beautiful letters” from Kim Jong-un, Trump says “No.”
Biden’s answer on North Korea is that he is going to get China to help. Every American president since President Bush has said that. No one has succeeded.
On North Korea, Trump is asked about the hard fact that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal has expanded on his watch. This is the problem he said he would solve. He hasn’t.
Joe got $3.5 mn from Russia, and it came through Putin, because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow, and it was the mayor of Moscow’s wife, and you got $3.5 mn, your family got $3.5 mn: Trump
Would you make China pay for their role in the spread of coronavirus? Joe Biden says will play by the international rules.
A a Senate Republican inquiry found no evidence that Biden engaged in wrongdoing on behalf of his son in connection with his dealings in Ukraine.
“I’m treated very unfairly,” is a theme for Trump – he uses a version of it for the news media, the I.R.S., the F.B.I. and more.
When Trump says he paid millions in taxes, that does not mean he paid federal income taxes. According to the tax records NYT obtained, he paid just $750 in 2016 in federal income taxes and $750 in 2017 and zero in 11 of 18 years examined.
Donald Trump says he prepaid tens of millions of dollars in taxes.
Losing sight: What was supposed to be a discussion about national security has devolved into an argument over taxes.
Fact Check: “I don’t get any money from Russia,” Trump says. False. Eric Trump in 2014: “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
Nobody tougher than me on Russia, defends Trump. "Will he was selling pillows and sheets, I was selling tanks to Ukraine."
Biden insists anyone who interferes in the election “will pay a price.” But the price that was paid by Russia in 2016 – when he was vice president – was pretty modest.
After a 30-minute round-about discussion on coronavirus, the topic now moves on to election rigging by Russia and Iran.
Fact Check: We are rounding the turn, says Trump. False. The United States is not “rounding the corner” when it comes to the pandemic. In fact, there is now a third surge.
Debate moves to schools, a topic deep in the heart of so many parents, as millions of kids are marooned at home on virtual school. But it has not been a topic much discussed in the campaign.
We can't close up our nation. 99% people are recovering, says President Trump. "We are learning to live with it."
Biden said he would listen to scientists on the vaccine – something Trump has mocked as a weakness.
“Is your timeline realistic?” The president immediately turns back to the argument that the military will distribute the vaccine, without saying who gets it first.
Fact Check: Trump’s saying Florida’s spike is gone: Today, the state reported the highest number of cases (5,557) in a single day since mid-August.
I will end coronavirus, says Joe Biden, highlighting the current situation in America
Masks are very popular. Majorities support wearing them, including a large portion of Republican voters. The president’s waffling on that issue is out of step with most of the the country.
Biden leans into his argument that Trump should bear some responsibility for how devastating the virus has been.
Trump has swung between playing down the seriousness of the virus – that it’s like any other flu – and then saying his actions averted 2.5 million deaths.
“We have a vaccine that’s coming, we’re ready,” Trump says, citing his “personal experience” with the virus, " I am immune now."
Trump answers start out all backwards looking – defending what he’s done but not how he’d handle the future.
First topic up for debate: The coronavirus pandemic and the candidates' way to fight it
Shortly after the last debate, Trump contracted Covid and spent three days in hospital. The pandemic remains the top issue for voters and Biden has repeatedly accused Trump of mismanaging the crisis.
Biden will certainly be prepared. He spent four of the last five days with no public events so he could focus almost exclusively on debate prep.
Trump has struggled to find an effective line of attack against the 77-year-old Democrat, but the lifetime politician has a well-established history of gaffes that has made him the butt of Republican jokes for years.
Biden's history of self-imposed stumbles raises the distinct possibility that he could hurt his campaign, with or without Trump's help. It doesn't help Biden that expectations will be higher after Trump's weak performance in the first debate.
In the first debate, Trump pointed to his months-old decision to institute a partial travel ban on China as evidence he was doing a good job. He's also highlighted carefully selected statistics that downplayed the extent of the crisis.
He'll have to come with something better than that if he's going to convince anyone but his most loyal base that he hasn't completely surrendered to the deadliest U.S. health crisis in a century.
Does Trump have a better answer for the pandemic? Whether he wants to or not, the president will have to talk about the coronavirus at length.
Coronavirus infections are surging to their highest levels in months. More than 220,000 Americans are dead. And rather than working on a comprehensive plan to stop the spread based on science, Trump has spent recent days attacking the nation's most respected infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, while undermining his own administration's recommendation to wear masks.
Trump needs to find a way to focus the debate — and the election more broadly — on Biden and his liabilities. But to do that, he needs to avoid making himself the center of attention, something that doesn't come naturally to the president.
The race till now: Eleven rounds of primary debates; a bizarre first general election debate; a socially distanced VP debate; and a very strange pair of dueling TV town hall events.
There may not be that many minds to be changed tonight, particularly given that more than 48 million people have already voted. But elections can be won at the margins.
The president exhibited self-discipline in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, and that was a big reason he won. That has not happened this year. Will tonight will be different?
Trump’s attacks on Biden’s family have been amplifying ahead of the debate. Can Biden keep his cool when Trump makes things personal?