Fewer insults. Fewer interruptions. And a lot less name-calling..
Fewer insults. Fewer interruptions. And a lot less name-calling.
Unlike the first presidential debate, last night’s second — and final — showdown perfectly distilled the presidential candidates’ positions on the most important issues, giving voters some important clarity.
President Trump on the coronavirus: “There was a very big spike in Texas, it’s now gone. There was a very big spike in Arizona, it’s now gone. And there are some spikes and surges in other places. They will soon be gone. We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready, it’s going to be announced within weeks and it’s going to be delivered.”
Joe Biden on the coronavirus: “The expectation is we’ll have another 200,000 Americans dead between now and the end of the year. If we just wore these masks, the president’s own advisers have told him, we could save 100,000 lives. And we’re in a circumstance where the president thus far and still has no plan. No comprehensive plan. What I would do is make sure we have everyone encouraged to wear a mask all the time.”
Trump on health care: “What we’d like to do [on Obamacare] is terminate it. We have the individual mandate, done. I don’t know that it’s going to work. If we don’t win, we will have to run it and we’ll have Obamacare but it’ll be better run. But it no longer is Obamacare, because without the individual mandate it’s much different. Pre-existing conditions will always stay. What I would like to do is a much better healthcare — much better.”
Biden on health care: “What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option, become Bidencare… Secondly, we’re going to make sure we reduce the premiums and reduce drug prices by making sure that there’s competition that doesn’t exist now by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the insurance companies.
Trump on immigration: “Catch-and-release is a disaster. A murderer would come in; a rapist would come in; a very bad person would come in. We would take their name. We have to release them into our country. And then you say they come back. Less than 1 percent of the people come back.”
Biden on immigration: “I’ve made it very clear within 100 days I’m going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people, and all of those so-called Dreamers, those DACA kids, they’re going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship.”
Trump on personal foreign entanglements: “But you were getting a lot of money from Russia, they were paying you a lot of money, and they probably still are. But now, with what came out today, it’s even worse. All of the e-mails, the e-mails, the horrible emails of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family.”
Biden on personal foreign entanglements: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life. We learned that this president paid 50 times the tax in China, has a secret bank account with China, does business in China, and in fact is talking about me taking money? I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever.”
Trump on race: “Nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump, and if you look with the exception of Abraham Lincoln – possible exception, but the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has done what I’ve done. Criminal justice reform, Obama and Joe didn’t do it.”
Biden on race: “The fact of the matter is, there is institutional racism in America. And we have always said — we’ve never lived up to it — that ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident, all men and women are created equal.’ But guess what? We have never, ever lived up to it. But we’ve constantly been moving the needle further and further to inclusion, not exclusion. This is the first president to come along and says, ‘That’s the end of that. We’re not going to do that anymore.’”