The American presidential debates were born out of a range of seven Illinois senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858, since then it has been a ritual for all United States presidential candidates.
This particular presidential debate moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace on Tue, 29 Sep 2020 in Cleveland, sponsored by the commission on presidential debates, focused on the following topics:
The Trump and Biden Records
The Supreme Court
Race and Violence in our Cities
The Integrity of the Election
Before the debate, the political pundits predicted a debate suicide for president Trump while backing Biden who is their preferred candidate. The debate observed health and safety proposals designed by Cleveland clinic which serves as the health Adviser to the commission. As a precaution, both campaigns agreed that both candidates won’t shake hands due to Covid-19.
The first question was on the current hot and trending topic “Supreme Court” pick by President Trump. They were both asked to present their arguments on why a president should or shouldn’t nominate a supreme court justice in an election year.
The aforementioned topics were discussed in detail with much chaotic, bashing, and name-calling than anticipated. At the end of the debate, both candidates tailored their agendas but missed opportunities to win over undecided voters who were looking for calm, peaceful, logical, and constructive debate.
It’s impossible to determine if lashing out and talking over each other accomplished anything other than alienating undecided voters. Most reasonable voters will still give them a second chance, maybe, just maybe they will have a modest discussion.