Both Presidential candidates took different courses of direction after the final debate. Trump hit the campaign trail immediately, while Biden, according to The Post and Courier, tried to “clean up a debate misstep while urging voters to stay focused on the president’s inability to control the worsening pandemic.”
The confusion came about with Biden’s views on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which people in several states depend on primarily to make their living. According to BBC, fracking is one of the most controversial issues and is “the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.”
Biden has long said that he plans to ban subsidies, but not eliminate fracking according to EcoWatch. But, Trump still used the public’s confusion about Biden’s views on the subject to start new campaign ads, and also talk about it extensively in rallies following the debate. Biden, however, is steadily concentrated on making sure the public understands that Trump still has no plan for COVID-19.
Comments on COVID-19 from the Final Presidential Debate
One of the first things the two Presidential candidates went back and forth about was how each man viewed the Coronavirus, the disease which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported had caused over 216,000 deaths as of mid-October 2020.
“We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready, and it’s going to be announced within weeks,” Trump said. “And it’s going to be delivered. We have Operation Warp Speed, which is where the military will deliver the vaccine…I was in the hospital, I had it, and I got better…now they say I’m immune, whether it’s four months or a lifetime, nobody’s been able to say that…we have the best testing in the world by far, that’s why we have so many cases.”
Former Vice-President Joe Biden took a different stance against the virus, as he always has when compared to the way Trump passively views COVID-19. “What I would do is make sure we have everyone encouraged to wear a mask all the time,” Biden said. “I would make sure we move in the direction of rapid testing, investing in rapid testing. I would make sure we set up national standards as to how to open up schools, and open up businesses, so they can be safe….he (Trump) says that we’re learning to live with it. People are learning to die with it…I’d shut down the virus, not the country.”
Comments on Taxes and Foreign Funding from the Final Presidential Debate
The two went on to debate about whether or not Trump was receiving money from other countries, and they also talked about his taxes. “I never got any money from Russia,” Trump said. “I don’t get money from Russia…I get treated worse than the Tea Party got treated, because there are a lot of people in there, in the IRS, that treat me horribly.”
“The foreign countries are paying you a lot,” Joe Biden said while pointing his finger at Trump. “Russia’s paying you a lot. China’s paying you a lot. And your hotels, and all your businesses all around the country, all around the world…and just show us, stop playing around, you’ve been saying for four years that you’re gonna release your taxes…his buddy, Rudy Giuliani, is being used as a Russian pawn…my son has not made money in terms of – what is this thing he’s talking about – China. The only guy who has made money from China is this guy (Trump).”
Comments on Race from the Final Presidential Debate
The two Presidential candidates then made their comments about race in America. “The fact of the matter is,” Joe began, “is that there is institutional racism in America. And we have always said ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal’, but we’ve never ever lived up to it. We’ve always constantly been moving the needle further and further to inclusion.”
“I am the least racist person,” Donald began when it was his turn to speak. “I can’t even see the audience because it’s so dark. But I don’t care who’s in the audience. I am the least racist person in this room.”