The Presidential Candidates Face-Off Head to Head In The 2020 Election

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off during the first debate ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off during the first debate ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Kayla Cohen, Reporter

With the 2020 presidential election just around the corner, many voters are still trying to get last-minute information about the candidates. 

Current president Donald Trump is running for re-election, and the Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden is running against him. The first presidential debate occurred on September 29th, 2020, and the second debate was scheduled for October 15th.

Many people were disappointed with the behavior of both candidates during the first presidential debate. Time magazine called the discussion “off the rails,” and a poll from CBS showed that 69% of viewers found the debate “annoying.”

  Unfortunately, the White House announced that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2nd. With the risks that come with a positive COVID result, the second debate was scheduled to happen virtually. 

However, Trump said that he was “not going to do a virtual debate.” The debate ended up being canceled due to Trump refusing to participate virtually. 

Instead of a debate, the two candidates both held separate town halls on Oct. 15. During his town hall, Biden still did not give a clear answer as to whether he plans to increase the number of supreme court justices. When asked about the controversial matter Biden said that voters “have a right to know where” he stands “before they vote.”

During Trump’s town hall, Trump “implied” that he is 400 million dollars in personal debt, which is something he has been scrutinized for lately. Trump attempted to defend himself by stating that his debt is “a tiny percentage” of his “net worth.” 

According to an NPR poll this week, Biden is leading the polls 54% to 43%. Despite Biden leading by double digits in the polls, many people still believe that the outcome of the election is a toss-up.  

The deadline to register to vote in Maryland has already passed, but if you are registered to vote make sure to get out to the polls, or mail in your ballots by November 3, 2020.