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Trump, Biden go after each other on coronavirus, taxes


October 23, 2020

Patrick Semansky – Associated Press

President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, take the stage for the start of the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply different visions of how to handle the surging pandemic and fought over how much Trump pays in taxes during their final debate of a tumultuous campaign.

Final debates often play an outsized role in electoral outcomes but Thursday night's showdown was different from those past, with more than 46 million votes already cast and fewer undecided voters remaining than at this point in previous election years. Though the early moments of the debate did not feature the repeated angry interruptions of the candidates' other showdown, the men engaged in a series of clashes.

The night in Nashville began with a battle over the president's handling of the pandemic, which has killed more than 225,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs, with Trump declaring that the virus will go away and while Biden warned that the nation was heading toward "a dark winter." Polling suggests it is the campaign's defining issue for voters, and Biden declared, "Anyone responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America."


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