Joe Biden and Donald Trump clashed on the Nashville Debate Stage over Hunter Biden's emails. The Democratic candidate told the audience that he "never" took a penny from a foreign power.
It was surprising that Biden first brought up Rudy Giuliani and claimed that he was used as a Russian "farmer".
"We are in a situation in which foreign countries are trying to interfere in the outcome of our elections," said Biden. "His own national security advisor told him what happened to this buddy – I shouldn't, I will – his buddy Rudy Giuliani, he's being used as a Russian farmer."
Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, was the central figure in posting emails and photos allegedly taken from Biden's son Hunter's laptop.
Biden brought up the former New York mayor when he attacked Trump for failing to call on Russia and other foreign powers to meddle in elections.
In turn, Trump claimed that Biden had enriched himself with foreign dollars alongside his son.
“I don't make money with China, you do. I don't make money with Ukraine. I don't make any money with Russia, ”said Trump.
The president alluded to Tony Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden business partner whom Trump brought into the debate as his guest.
Speaking to White House reporters prior to the debate, Bobulinski alleged that he had evidence that the former vice president was aware of his son's business dealings with China.
"All the email, the email, the awful email the kind of money you made," Trump said. "And Joe, you were Vice President when one of this happened."
"And I think you owe the American people an explanation as to why it is – someone had a press conference a while back – who was supposed to be working with you and your family, but what he said was damned," Trump continued.
“And regardless of me, I think you need to clean it up and talk to the American people. Maybe you can do it now, ”added the President.
Biden pointed to reports in the New York Times that Trump had a secret Chinese bank account – and hardly paid any taxes.
"We learned that this president has paid 50 times the tax in China, has a secret bank account with China, and does business in China," said Biden. "Release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption."
Trump also announced that he called his accountants to find out how much federal taxes he had paid and removed the reported amount of $ 750 as a "filing fee".
"I prepaid my tax," claimed Trump, saying he had "paid tens of millions of dollars."
"I prepaid because at some point they think … I might have to pay taxes so I prepaid," he added.
The President also promised, "I will release it as soon as possible."
Biden thought that was ridiculous.
“He's been saying that for four years. Show us Just show us. Stop messing around, ”said Biden. "You have been saying for four years that you will release your taxes."
The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden began Thursday in Nashville at Belmont University's Curb Event Center Arena with 200 spectators
The night started with the COVID-19 topic and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests and tested negative on Thursday before meeting on stage
President Trump brought Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinksy (pictured) into the debate to confront Biden about his son Hunter's overseas deals
The two men made sure to present their arguments in a presidential manner, allowed each other to speak, and asked moderator Kristen Welker for time to respond
Candidates began their last presidential debate without interrupting each other, but disagreed on the coronavirus pandemic in a head-to-head game with a dramatically different tone than the first.
Each candidate's microphones were muted for the first two minutes of their response, and that moment of discipline established by the Presidential Debate Commission after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden in their first session carried out the first part of the debate.
But the two men disagreed over the coronavirus, and Biden repeatedly criticized Trump's handling of the pandemic, which killed more than 200,000 Americans.
"Anyone responsible for so many deaths shouldn't remain President of the United States of America," said Biden.
President Trump cited his own experience with the virus and said the country was turning a corner. "It's going to go away and like I said, we're going around the corner, we're going around the corner, it goes away," he said.
The two men made sure to present their arguments in a presidential manner, allowed each other to speak, and asked moderator Kristen Welker for time to respond.
The change in tone was notable from their first meeting in Cleveland, which resembled a boxing match.
Biden argued that the situation with COVID was going to get worse.
“We are about to have a dark winter. A dark winter. And he doesn't have a clear plan and there is no prospect that a vaccine will be available to the majority of Americans until the middle of next year, ”he said.
The president, who has urged the country to reopen and return to normal, said the country has learned more about the disease and is ready to move forward.
"We won't have a dark winter at all," said the president. "We're opening up the country, we've learned and we understand the disease that we didn't have in the beginning."
This debate is different from the last one in that the candidates' microphones are muted and therefore cannot interrupt one another
"Anyone responsible for so many deaths shouldn't stay President of the United States," Biden said of Trump's handling of the pandemic
“He's been saying that for four years. Show us Just show us. Stop messing around, ”said Biden. "You have been saying for four years that you will release your taxes."
The two men encountered their visions for the reopening of the country.
"He did next to nothing," Biden said of Trump's response to the pandemic.
Biden took over Trump's repeated statements so as not to worry.
"There's no other scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over anytime soon," said Biden.
"We can't lock up in a basement like Joe," Trump replied, turning to a personal attack.
"But he has the problem of living in a basement," claimed Trump, referring to Biden's decision to drastically reduce appearances and travel, even though both men have been fighting across the country in recent weeks.
"It is his ineptitude that has resulted in most of the country having to close," said Biden.
Biden shot back on Trump's golf and brought up a relief bill that the House passed in March that had not gone into effect.
"Instead of negotiating in a sand trap on his golf course," Biden said.
"All he does is talk about shutdowns," Trump said as the most substantial contrast began to take off.
“Democrats, they shut so tight and are dying. And he supports all these people, ”said Trump.
“He only talks about shutdowns. We're not going to close and have to open our schools, "Trump said.
Trump pointed to his former hometown of New York. "It's a ghost town," he said. The two men were separated by plexiglass, a precaution that began after he was infected with the coronavirus.
“Are you talking about plexiglass? These are restaurants that are dying, "Trump said. & # 39; It's not the answer. You will be sitting there in a cabin that is wrapped in plastic. & # 39;
Biden took over Trump's repeated statements so as not to worry about the pandemic. "There's no other scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over anytime soon," said Biden
During the crosstalk, Trump took time to compliment Welker. "I respect the way you handle it so far," he said to her
Trump went on the offensive in healthcare, an issue that Democrats took seats in in 2018 and want to drive to victory in 2020
Trump claimed Biden "did nothing" in his 47 years – even though he was there to enforce Obamacare
Trump went on the healthcare offensive, an issue that Democrats took seats on in 2018 and want to drive to victory in 2020.
Trump has been under pressure for more than a year to say that he would create a health plan but wouldn't. He said it would come out after the Supreme Court took up a case about Obamacare.
"We've done an incredible job in healthcare, and we're going to do it even better," Trump said after he managed to turn off the individual mandate for people to take out insurance, but not to remove the affordable care law.
Trump said of his upcoming plan: "But it is no longer Obamacare because without the individual mandate it is very different."
Trump tried to identify Biden with "socialized medicine" and forced Biden to point out that he was campaigning for continued private insurance during the Democratic primary.
"Joe Biden is going to terminate all of these contracts," Trump said, playing in polls that show most Americans with private insurance want to keep their plans.
"Not a single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor would they under Obamacare," countered Biden. He said he would add a "public option" that Obama Congress could not resolve.
He said Trump wanted to take politics away from the people, pointing to 10 million who lost private insurance under the Trump administration.
“All of the people from COVID will have pre-existing conditions. What are you going to do? & # 39; Said Biden.
"The fact that there is a public option and that people can choose makes it socialist?" Asked Biden. "This is something that will save people's lives."
Trump claimed Biden "did nothing" in his 47 years – even though he was there to enforce Obamacare.
During the crosstalk, Trump took time to compliment Welker. "I respect the way you handle it so far," he said to her.
"He keeps talking about it, he hasn't done anything for anyone," said Biden.
"He says public option he's talking about socialized medicine," Trump said.
Then Biden pointed out that he was beating back challenges from the likes of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“He thinks he's running against someone else. He's running against Joe Biden. I hit all these people because I didn't agree with them, ”Biden said.
The first lady wore a mask this time to greet her husband at the end of the debate. In the initial debate, she didn't do this just before testing positive for coronavirus
The former second lady hugged her husband as she greeted him on stage after the presidential debate
Dr. Jill Biden waved to the audience as she walked off the stage wearing a mask to match her dress
After the debate, First Lady Melania joined her husband and Dr. Jill Biden came on stage to greet her husband
Biden was the first candidate to be caught open-mouthed trying to interrupt President Trump but his microphone was muted.
The moment came in the last 20 minutes of the debate when the subject turned to the race.
President Trump criticized Biden for his role in passing the 1994 Crime Act, which Biden, who was then a senator, had co-sponsored. The legislation resulted in longer sentences for minorities due to the mandatory minimum requirements.
"He never did anything except in 1994 when he did so much damage to the black community and there were calls and he called them super-predators and he said that, super-predators, and they can never act that out "said Trump Biden. & # 39; 1994, Criminal Law. The super predators. Nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump, and if you look like that, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, one possible exception, but with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody did what I did. & # 39;
When the president was talking about "super predators," Biden could be seen uttering words. However, the Debate Commission muted the microphones for the first two minutes of each candidate's response at the beginning of each thematic segment.
NBC's Kristen Welker received online praise for keeping candidates informed for a much quieter and more cohesive debate
The rule came about because President Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden in the first debate. But it ended up with Biden getting caught on Thursday night.
Biden was given the opportunity to reply after the President received his two minutes.
“My answer is that I never said what he accused me of. The fact is that in 2000, after the crime law had been the law for a while, this is a guy who said the problem with the crime law is that there aren't enough people in jail, "he said.
While President Trump described himself as the "least racist person in this room," Biden dismissed the exact opposite while fighting for the race during the presidential debate in Nashville.
"Abraham Lincoln is one of the most racist presidents in modern history here," said Biden.
Trump tried to tarnish Biden's civil rights record by referring to his Senate vote on the 1994 Crime Act and falsely claimed that the former vice president called black men "super-predators".
"No one has done more for the black community than Donald Trump … with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, one possible exception, but with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, no one has done what I did," Trump said, repeating his boast I did that throughout the year named the president who ended slavery.
The president referred to his notes on the funding of historically black colleges and universities, the signing of the bipartisan First Step Act – a major law to reform the criminal justice system – and the creation of so-called "opportunity zones" to promote minority communities.
Host Kristen Welker asked Trump about another part of his recording – and noted how he had called the Black Lives Matter movement a "symbol of hatred".
She also mentioned how Trump shared a video of a man singing "white power" and beating athletes who had cut their knees over racial inequality.
"When I first heard about Black Lives Matter, they were singing 'Pigs in a Blanket' and talking about our police force." Fry them like bacon. "I said it was a terrible thing," said the president. "I thought it was a terrible thing."
Then he made the claim, "I am the least racist person in this room."
Biden then made fun of Trump's Abraham Lincoln lineage.
"He pours out every single racist fire with fuel," Biden said. & # 39; Every single one. & # 39;
He started his campaign by coming down the escalators to get rid of these Mexican rapists. He banned Muslims because they are Muslim. He said about the poor boys the last time he got on stage, he told them to pull back and stand by, ”Biden said
He mixed up the name of the right-wing group, the Proud Boys.
"Come on, this guy's a dog whistle about the size of a foghorn," Biden said.
Resisted that Biden hit him for his bragging rights in Lincoln, Trump pointed out that the Democrat misunderstood the context.
"He was referring to Abraham Lincoln, where did that go in?" Said Trump. “No, I haven't said since Abraham Lincoln did what I did for the black community. I didn't say I was Abraham Lincoln. & # 39;
Trump returned to his line of scrimmage on the criminal bill.
Biden said, "Oh god."
At the beginning of the conversation, Biden had said with certainty that the bill was "a mistake".
He urged that no American should be in jail purely on drug charges, but should instead be rehabilitated.
Donald Trump's family was eventually completely masked for the final presidential debate after being ridiculed for failing to take precautionary measures when the candidates first met. Pictured: Ivanka, Tiffany and Lara Trump enter the arena of debate on Thursday evening
First Lady Melania Trump arrives for the final presidential debate wearing a black mask that matches her dress and shoes
Eric and Lara Trump enter the arena of debate behind Kimberly Guilfoyle on Thursday
Ivanka Trump and sister Tiffany Trump are still wearing their masks when the candidates took the stage
Former US Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill Biden wears a face mask when she attends the final presidential debate
Dr. Jill Biden came up to debate with her granddaughter Finnegan
Oil Industry and Climate Change
Joe Biden vowed that by 2050 he would move away from oil and replace it with wind and sun – as Trump claimed he knew more about wind energy than the Democratic candidate when he complained that windmills "kill all birds".
"Would you shut down the oil industry?" Trump asked Biden during a back and forth on the environment and energy sources.
"I would get out of the oil industry, yes," affirmed Biden and promised to initiate a process by 2050 if he was elected.
& # 39; Oh, a transition. That's a big statement, "said Trump.
Biden replied, "It's a big statement."
& # 39; Why would you do that? & # 39; Welker, cut in.
"Because the oil industry pollutes it a lot," Biden said. “Because it has to be replaced by renewable energies – over time, over time. And I stopped giving the oil industry, I would stop giving them federal grants. They won't be giving federal grants to gas – sorry, solar and wind. Why are we giving it to the oil industry? & # 39;
“We're actually giving it to the sun and wind, and that's the biggest statement about the business, that's the biggest statement because, basically, you're saying it's destroying the oil industry. Will you remember texas Will you remember Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio? & # 39; Trump complained.
The president also boasted Thursday that he knew "more about wind power" than Biden when he reiterated his peculiar claim that windmills "kill all birds".
"We are energy independent," assured Trump after Biden claimed that the "fastest growing industry in America" was solar and wind.
"I know more about wind than you do," praised the president. “It's extremely expensive, kills all birds, is very temporary, there are a lot of problems and they make the windmills both in Germany and in China. And the fumes that rise up if you believe in carbon emissions, the fumes that are created in the making of those massive windmills, are more than anything else related to natural gas, which is very clean. & # 39;
"Find me the science that says that," countered Biden.
The former vice president, while continuing to delve into the environment and energy, vowed that his plan would bring total emissions to zero by 2050.
"We have to move towards net zero emissions," said Biden. “The first place to do this by 2035 is in power generation. Total by 2050. & # 39;
When Trump went all out against wind energy, he praised solar as the better option of the two, but claimed it wasn't "quite there" yet.
"It is not yet powerful to run our big, beautiful factories that we need to compete with the world," said Trump.
"Wrong," Biden cut in.
Trump also railed against Biden for vowing to ban fracking, which the former vice president had claimed was taken out of context.
"He's taking everything out of context, but the point is we have to move towards net zero emissions," said Biden.
Trump hit the idea as a "pipe dream".
Trump raises his fist as he and First Lady Melania board Air Force One after the debate
Trump gave the crowd a thumbs up after the debate as he boarded Air Force One to leave Nashville
Biden arrived with his sister Valerie Biden to get on his campaign plane and leave Nashville after the debate
Both Trump and Biden ran coronavirus tests on Thursday and tested negative before meeting on stage.
At Air Force One, he tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. "We tested him on the way here and he tested negative," Meadows told reporters.
The Biden campaign had previously said that he had also tested negative for COVID-19.
Today's debate is the final debate of the election – the previous one was scratched after Trump refused to participate in a "virtual" format after receiving the coronavirus – providing a dwindling opportunity for the president to try reset the race.
President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to join his debate
Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and show that his mind would be "shot" by repeated attacks and interruptions during the initial Cleveland debate. But Biden got a slight bump in the national polls that were conducted afterwards.
Now the president has wired that he will accuse his rival of "corruption", just as he did at his election rallies before Thursday – and will not hold back, Hunter Biden after the publication of emails telling Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani brought out to set on fire said came from hunter's laptop.
President Trump brought Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinksy into the debate to confront Biden over his son's overseas deal.
Bobulinsky spoke to reporters at the Marriott in downtown Nashville three hours before the last presidential debate began – and said he would hand over three cell phones to the FBI and meet with Republican senators about his past deals.
He said he was angry with Hunter after trying to use funds on a possible deal with a Chinese energy company that was his "personal piggy bank" for hunters.
"I will provide the FBI with the equipment that contains the evidence to back up what I have said so that I cannot ask questions at this point," he told reporters who make up President Donald Trump's traveling press pool.
“I've heard Joe Biden say he never discussed the deal with a hunter – that's wrong. I have firsthand knowledge of this because I've dealt directly with the Biden family, including Joe Biden, Bobulinsky said.
“I was told last Sunday by someone who was also involved in this matter that if we made this information public, it would bury us all, including the Bidens. I don't want to bury anyone. & # 39;
Describing what he said was meeting Joe Biden on May 2, 2017 to discuss a business deal with China that would invest in infrastructure, real estate and technology in the US.
"At my meeting with Joe that evening, which lasted for about an hour, we discussed the history of Biden, the plans of the Biden family business with the Chinese, with whom he was clearly familiar, at least at a high level," he said.
After that meeting, I had numerous conversations with Hunter, (Partner Robert) Walker, (James) Gilliar and Jim Biden about the split of the stock ownership of the Sinohawk company they founded.
Golfer John Daly wore an American flag blazer in the second 2020 presidential debate on Thursday night
The carpet will be vacuumed while final preparations are made before the second and final presidential debate
The televised statement came after Bobulinsky told conservative media that text messages showing Hunter Biden's business negotiations and references to his father were authentic.
"It seems like a distraction and a spectacle to me," Biden supporter Senator Chris Coons of Delaware told Fox News, which fully aired Bobulinsky's testimony.
"We have Rudy Giuliani with one hand who made up a hard drive and a computer, and on the other hand this man who made up last-minute cell phones," he said, saying he was seriously surprised.
He said the emails and texts were "not being obtained, not verified" and that, unlike Trump, Biden has published his tax returns.
The Biden campaign issued a statement calling the attacks a "smear" and there is no evidence that Joe Biden ever received "money from anyone in these deals".
"Joe Biden has never considered doing business with his family or engaging in any deal abroad," the statement said.
The musician Kid Rock, an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask during the final presidential debate
Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, comes to the closing presidential debate
The guests sit in the audience where masks are needed. If you take off your mask and refuse to put it back on, you will be led out
Trump performed a similar stunt in 2016 when he performed three women who accused President Bill Clinton of various types of sexual harassment and assault before and after the debate – Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick – and they left his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the audience .
Trump had also invited Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton had been her accused rapist's defense attorney.
Trump says he will speak to Hunter Biden after days of Jäger's laptop reveal.
Biden sent his own signal to a reporter who asked him about the subject a few days ago.
On Wednesday he filed when a reporter from Wisconsin asked him about it in a television interview. "This is the same rubbish as Rudy Giuliani, Trump's henchman. It's one last effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family," said Biden.
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