Biden Hints at Eventual Oil Industry Shutdown in Last 2020 Presidential Debate

Alonzo Simpson
October 26, 2020

Both appeared to accomplish what they came to do.

"First of all, I'm jealous", Wallace said with a snicker. Though much less frequent, interruptions still occurred, as well as smirks, frowns, and side-eyes from the candidates.

Biden called out Trump's previous refusals to condemn white supremacists and his attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement, declaring that the president "pours fuel on every single racist fire".

The turning points were clear. Polling shows only a sliver of undecided voters remain.

Moderator Kristen Welker - with the help of an offstage mute button - helped give Americans the substantive, crackling debate over leadership that had been missing so far during the 2020 presidential campaign.

"We can't lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does", Trump said, reprising his spring and summer attacks on Biden staying at his residence rather than campaigning in-person amid the pandemic. Trump seemed to have learned his lesson.

Trump had signalled he'd try to damage Biden with his pursuit of murky accusations that his son Hunter was involved in graft in China and Ukraine while Biden was vice president under Barack Obama.

Trump and Biden also traded blows on the United States leader's friendship with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, which the president said had kept the peace on the Korean peninsula, after Biden and Obama left him "a mess" and the threat of "nuclear war". "The cure can not be worse than the problem itself". His message was summed up in an email from campaign manager Bill Stepien that arrived minutes after the debate's conclusion: "This was the businessman versus the career politician, the outsider versus the Washington insider, the reformer against the swamp".

'Stowaway' incident on oil tanker off coast of England
The ship was around six miles off the Isle of Wight, police said. "Initial reports confirm the crew are safe and well", it added. In December 2018, four stowaways were detained after they ran amok on a container ship in the Thames Estuary.

Trump defended his management of the nation's most deadly health crisis in a century, dismissing Biden's warning that the nation had a dire stretch ahead because of spikes in infections. "He's just showing that he's an alternative who has a pulse", says Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist.

Trump scoffed in response. "I would stop giving the oil industry federal subsidies".

For days, the Trump campaign had telegraphed one of its major goals in the final debate: Make Biden's son, Hunter, a liability and symbol of their opponent's alleged corruption. The exchange pushed Biden onto the defensive.

"I don't look at this in terms of the way he does - blue states and red states", Biden said.

The former vice-president also labelled Mr Trump "one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history".

The Trump family faced fierce criticism when they failed to wear facial coverings during the first debate on September 29 and a massive coronavirus outbreak hit the White House days later.

Trump specifically was asked what the United States is doing to find the parents of over 500 migrant children who were separated from their families at the U.S. -Mexico border and haven't been reunited. "It's going away", Trump said, even as 1,200 Americans died of the virus on Wednesday. "They're in facilities that are so clean". With a flash of indignation, Biden retorted, "Those kids are alone". Nowhere to go, nowhere to go. The candidates clashed over climate change and energy, with Trump defending his Administration's record and arguing Biden's polices would curb economic growth.

On Friday, apart from climate change, Trump and Biden sparred over a host of issues including Covid-19 and the pandemic economy, racism and police brutality, foreign policy and healthcare.

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