In his final words of the second and final presidential debate before Election Day, President Donald Trump told the gathered crowd that success is ultimately what will unify the nation and that the country is on the road to success. Debate moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News asked her final question of the night at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, “Imagine this is your inauguration day. What will you say in your address, to Americans who did not vote for you?” The question was the only one that was focused on the topic of leadership. President Trump, who was asked to respond first, launched into saying, “We have to make our country totally successful, as it was prior to the plague coming in from China. Now we’re rebuilding it and we’re doing record numbers, 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time, et cetera.” President Donald Trump (L), Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and moderator, NBC News anchor, Kristen Welker (C) participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 22, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/AFP) “But, I will tell you, go back—before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me,” the president continued. “They wanted to get together. We had the best black unemployment numbers in the history of our country—Hispanic, women, Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas, MIT graduates; number one in the class, everybody had the best numbers—and you know what? The other side wanted to get together. They wanted to unify. “Success is going to bring us together,” Trump said. “We are on the road to success.” Trump pointed out that he is “cutting taxes,” whereas Biden “wants to raise everybody’s taxes and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it.” “If he gets in, you will have a Depression, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell, and it’ll be a very, very sad day for this country,” Trump warned. Read More Trump Touts Achievements of Presidency, Lays Out Ambitious Vision for Future Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden was also asked the same question. “What will you say during your inaugural address to Americans who did not vote for you?” Welker asked. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participates in the final presidential debate against President Donald Trump at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn, on Oct. 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “I will say, I’m an American President. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me, and I’m going to make sure that you’re represented,” Biden responded. “I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to move; we’re going to choose science over fiction. We’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities, enormous opportunities to make things better.” “We can grow this economy, we can deal with the systemic racism. At the same time, we can make sure that our economy is being run and moved and motivated by clean energy, creating millions of new jobs. That’s the fact, that’s what we’re going to do. And I’m going to say, as I said at the beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect. Treating people with dignity, making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that. You haven’t been getting it the last four years.” Thursday night’s debate had much fewer interruptions and heated exchanges than the first debate between the two candidates, giving both more time to share their stances on various topics including COVID-19, national security, health care, race, and climate change. This combination of pictures created on Oct. 22, 2020, shows President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 22, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski and Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Trump throughout the night portrayed Biden as a career politician whose stint in Congress over the past nearly 50 years was largely ineffective over multiple areas, including health care, criminal justice reform, and immigration. The president also questioned the former Vice President over his family’s foreign business deals including in Ukraine and China. Drawing a stark contrast to Biden over key issues, Trump portrayed himself as an advocate for opening up the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting taxes, and pushing for energy independence, while warning that Biden’s plans will economically affect everyday American families. Biden sought to portray the president as having been incompetent amid the COVID-19 pandemic and drew attention to the deaths caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in the country while telling the audience repeatedly that the president has no plan to manage the crisis. He also sought to portray the president as someone controlled by foreign interests and a racist who has no plan for health care. Biden also accused Trump of avoiding paying taxes, citing a New York Times report that claimed insight into the president’s tax returns. At less than 2 weeks until Nov. 3, a record 47 million Americans already have cast ballots in early voting.
The final debate is in the books and it was lively. There can be little question, however, over who will be in better shape coming out of the debate. Trump cast this election in plain terms as a choice between the failed politician that is Joe Biden and President Trump—the man of action. Keep in mind that debates do not happen in a vacuum. They take place during the dynamic of a race. The current dynamic finds Trump gaining 8% in his Rasmussen approval rating in the last ten days. Gallup now finds that, on self-identification, 28% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans and 27% identify themselves as Democrats. Further, Gallup finds that 56% percent of Americans think they are better off under Trump than under Obama/Biden. Meanwhile, Trump is racing around the country doing events in front of large crowds that consistently include Democrats and new voters. For Joe Biden, on the other hand, he finds the polls slipping away from him—he has lost 5% in the latest IBD/TIPP in the last week alone. Worse, he is on the defensive. He has been avoiding questions about his son, Hunter Biden, and his laptop. It was so bad that he spent four days off the campaign trial with less than two weeks to go in a campaign. That is unheard of in the television era. Given that dynamic, by the end of this debate, President Trump won this debate because he will continue to maintain his momentum while Biden failed to create his own. First, Joe Biden’s (ludicrous) decision to claim his son’s laptop is Russian disinformation will only result in more questions not fewer. A slew of new information is set to come out and Joe Biden will spend the last 10 days of this election avoiding mounting questions that will cloud if not overwhelm his message. That is never good for a candidate. Second, Biden closed the debate by saying he wants to end the use of oil. That will be the number one takeaway from the debate in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond. Indeed, the oil and natural gas industry supports nearly 10 million jobs and approximately 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Biden’s position is supported by a minority of Americans and he cast himself as a danger to jobs everywhere. Indeed, he doubled down on regulations, high taxes, and other costs being pushed on employers. Those, too, are not winning positions. Third, if anyone is interested in fact checking, Biden lied about his son, his own China/Burisma dealings, whether he ever said he would end fracking (he did), whether he used the word “predator” referring to Black youth (he did), whether during catch and release offenders showed up to their hearings (they overwhelmingly did not), about whether minimum wage increases result in unemployment (they do), that Trump has done “nothing” on drug prices (he has), about supposed Russian bounties on American soldiers (never been verified), and on and on. Also, for nearly thirty minutes during the debate, Biden looked on edge and angry while Trump was composed the entire time. Most importantly, nothing Biden said gives him a positive dynamic going forward. He did not turn the corner on any issue and he didn’t frame any issue that will require President Trump to change his path. President Trump, on the other hand, framed the rest of the campaign in simple terms. Trump versus The Politician. Biden’s 47 years with no accomplishments versus a hectic four successful years for President Trump. Today, President Trump can go on a 10-day tour of 30+ states and drive home his vision for tomorrow wrapped in American patriotism. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has neither the energy nor the ability to draw a crowd. Instead, he likely will have to fend off reporters at isolated events. That is a losing proposition. In the final analysis, President Trump reminded people why they sent him to Washington. He ran because of people like Joe Biden and his lack of leadership. That is a winning argument. Thomas Del Beccaro is an acclaimed author, speaker, Fox News, Fox Business, and Epoch Times opinion writer, and the former chairman of the California Republican Party. He is the author of the historical perspectives, “The Divided Era” and “The New Conservative Paradigm.” Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
If it walks like a rigged debate and talks like a rigged debate, it’s a rigged debate. That was the way many people, including myself, regarded, in advance, October 22nd’s supposedly third but actually second debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Lined up against the current president was not only his adversary Biden and the moderator, whose partisanship was so well-documented she might as well have been communications director for the Democratic Party, but the entire Commission on Presidential Debates that consisted of three co-chairs, a nine-person board of directors and an executive director—that’s fifteen to one!—not to mention a monolithically left-leaning mainstream media and, worst of all, the gatekeepers of our (and the world’s) now extraordinarily dominant social media who have shown an allegiance to censorship straight out of the NKVD (an earlier incarnation of the Soviet KGB). Also foreign policy, normally the topic of the third debate, was AWOL, most likely to protect Biden, for whom the subject is a liability if one were to believe former SecDef Robert Gates who said Joe Biden had not been right “on any major foreign policy issue in 40 years.” Trump has had numerous foreign policy successes, most recently and spectacularly in the Middle East. Meanwhile, all this was being played out against the backdrop of the newly-revealed Hunter Biden emails, texts, and photographs that indicated both economic corruption, most notably with China but with plenty of others, and possible sexual perversion cum drug addiction—all of this possibly with the knowledge and, in the economic part, participation of Joe. But Trump had, excuse the redundancy, a trump card against this tidal wave of bias, inviting to the debate Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s business partner who had the temerity to inform the American public about the nature of the Biden family business—or the Biden Crime Family, as Trump calls it. And then, two hours before the debate, Mr. Bobulinski himself, a Navy veteran and a Democrat, gave a surprise press conference and made a statement that was like rolling a hand grenade into the debate. He made it clear—specifying date and location—that he personally had been in a meeting with Joe and Hunter Biden to discuss their business dealings with the Chinese—in effect that Joe Biden had lied to America. He had more, implying the Biden were indeed a crime family with international connections that could endanger our national security. Then he offered three cellphones to the FBI as evidence. Incredibly—or maybe not so incredibly at this point—this press conference was covered only by Fox News and not CNN, MSNBC or the three networks where omertà ruled. Like it or not—and I guess a fair number of people do like it, frightening as that is—the logical conclusion from that kind of censorship is that we live in a kind of post-modern media dictatorship that not even Orwell or Huxley could have dreamed up. Mr. Bobulinski’s dramatic revelations were certainly heartening to Trump supporters, yet disturbing at the same time. How would this play out? Would this also be deep-sixed? One of the mysteries that was plaguing me in the time between Bobulinski’s press conference and the actual debate was the role of the FBI—again. Supposedly, we also suddenly learned, they had been examining the very laptop and hard drive Hunter had left behind months ago as part of a money-laundering investigation about which, to date, we have heard nothing. Was the FBI covering up, as they did with the Trump-Russia investigation—again? Christopher Wray, needless to say, isn’t talking. (Where, oh where, is Bill Barr?) As for the debate itself, well, after this it was a bit of an after-thought. A number of pundits praised it as substantive, but I thought it was rather ho-hum. It wasn’t quite a “tale told by an idiot,” as Macbeth famously intoned, but it was ”full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” In other words, it wasn’t much of a debate because we learned little of the candidates that we didn’t already know if we were paying attention to the campaign. It was a bit more civil than the first one, but big deal. The moderator, NBC’s Kirsten Walker, was slightly more even-handed than Fox’s Chris Wallace, but, as Annie Hall would put it, lah-dee-dah. Regarding the criminal accusations, Trump brought them up, but not to as much effect as he could. He got lost, I felt, in defense of his taxes again, which he should have blown off. But all of this was finally vastly upstaged by Mr. Bobulinski’s press conference that contained information we did not know and should be investigated thoroughly for the good of our country. But will it and, if so, will it be too late? Think about this: Biden wins the election and then proof of all this corruption comes tumbling out. Happy days are here again… in Beijing. Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, cofounder of PJMedia and now columnist for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
Nearing the end of the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he would “transition from the oil industry … over time.” When asked, “Would you close down the oil industry?” by President Donald Trump, the Democratic presidential nominee said, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.” “Oh, that’s a big statement,” Trump responded, visibly surprised. Debate moderator NBC’s Kristen Welker quickly asked Biden why he would do that. “Because the oil industry pollutes significantly,” Biden said. “I see. It’s a big statement,” the president noted. “Let me finish the statement. Because it [the oil industry] has to be replaced by renewable energy over time. And I’d stop giving to the oil industries federal subsidies,” Biden said. He also said that solar and wind doesn’t currently get subsidies, and asked, “why are we giving it to the oil industry?” “We actually do give [subsidies to solar and wind],” Trump responded. “And that’s maybe the biggest statement in terms of business. That’s the biggest statement, because basically what he’s saying is that he’s going to destroy the oil industry.” The president then turned to the camera and emphatically said, “Will you remember that, Texas, will you remember that, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio.” Biden was allowed time to respond. “He takes everything out of context but the point is, look, we have to move toward a net-zero emission,” Biden said. “The first place to do that by the year 2035 is in energy production, by 2050, totally.” “Is he going to get China to do it?” Trump chimed in. “No, I’m going to rejoin the Paris Accord and make China abide by what they agreed to,” Biden responded. “That’ll cost you a trillion dollars,” the president said, before Welker moved on to the final question of the night. Earlier in the debate on the topic of climate change and jobs, Biden denied that he would ban fracking, even though Trump noted that Biden has been recorded as saying as such. Biden said that he would ban “fracking on federal land,” later adding that he meant to say “no fracking and or oil on federal land.” Under President Trump’s administration, the United States became an energy independent nation for the first time in more than 50 years in part due to Trump’s tax and regulation cutes. Under the administration, the United States became the world’s top producer of oil and maintained its position as the top global producer of natural gas. The country in 2019 became a net exporter of petroleum (crude oil and refined) products for the first time since 1949, and is on its fourth consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas. Biden in late August said that he will not ban fracking. Previously, Biden said at a March democratic primary debate “No more—no new fracking.” Biden’s campaign then said he meant he would not allow new federal land-drilling leases. The Trump campaign said that the Biden campaign was “attempting to walk back his previous statements after realizing voters aren’t happy about his proposal to kill thousands of jobs.” President Trump has openly said that he is “all for fracking” and has frequently touted his administration’s push for U.S. energy independence. According to the Biden campaign’s website, his climate plan seeks to ensure that the United States “achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050.” The final debate was much more calm compared to the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, with Trump and Biden having spoken mostly uninterrupted on multiple issues, including health care, race, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and foreign influence.
With the election just 12 days away, presidential candidates will face off in their final debate tonight, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, whose name appears in the emails obtained by the New York Post, said that Joe Biden is aware and involved in his son’s deal with China, and Joe Biden said that if he were elected, he would appoint a committee to look into reforming the Supreme Court, as Amy Coney Barrett advances to the final vote for her Supreme Court nomination on Monday.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet for the final presidential debate on Thursday, just over a week after reports surfaced about emails purportedly belonging to Biden’s son. More than 42 million people have already cast their ballots ahead of the debate, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker and last for 90 minutes without interruption. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced on Monday that they will mute each candidate’s microphone for 2 minutes during the initial response to six of the debate topics. After each candidate speaks uninterrupted, 15 minutes of open discussion will follow without any muting. Mock debaters perform onstage as preparations take place for the second presidential debate at Belmont University, in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo) Trump told reporters that while he objects to the muting, he is committed to debating his opponent. The Trump campaign on Oct. 19 said that the CPD is “biased,” having allegedly imposing “last minute rule changes … in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate.” “I think the mute is very unfair, and I think it’s very bad that they’re not talking about foreign affairs,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “They’re supposed to be talking about foreign affairs.” “And I think that the anchor is a very biased person. Her parents are very biased,” Trump added. NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker in a file photo. (NBC News via AP) Moderator Welker, 44, joined NBC News in 2010 and has been a White House correspondent since late 2011. In the past she worked with NBC affiliate WCAU in Philadelphia for about 5 years. According to the New York Post, she was a registered Democrat in Washington in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004. She is now registered to vote in Washington with no party affiliation, noted PolitiFact. Welker’s parents have given money to Democratic candidates, including Biden, the Federal Election Commission’s records show. Her mother, Julie Welker, told PolitiFact that she does not have a role with the Biden campaign and is “in no way an activist for Joe Biden.” Debate Topics Welker on Oct. 16 announced the following topics for the debate: Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security, and Leadership. The Trump campaign expressed concern that few of the topics “even touch on foreign policy,” saying that historically, the third or final presidential debates have focused on foreign policy. Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien said in an Oct. 19 letter to the CPD that it is a “long-standing custom, and as had been promised by [the CPD]” that foreign policy would be the expected central focus of the debate. “We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,” Stepien wrote. In a separate statement, Stepien signaled that since it “was supposed to be the foreign policy debate,” Trump “still looks forward to forcing Biden to answer the number one relevant question of whether he’s been compromised by the Communist Party of China.” Related Coverage Hunter Biden Under Scrutiny for Alleged Business Deals With Chinese Exec With Links to Military “Why did Biden allow his son Hunter to sell access to him while he was vice president, and why were there Chinese payment arrangements for Joe himself worked out by Hunter and his sketchy partners? If the media won’t ask Joe Biden these questions, the president will, and there will be no escape for Biden,” he added. Jason Miller, Trump’s senior campaign adviser, announced on Oct. 19 on Twitter, “Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars, and sending pallets of cash to Iran.” Biden’s campaign accused the Trump campaign of lying so that Trump could avoid questions over his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The campaigns and the Commission agreed months ago that the debate moderator would choose the topics,” TJ Ducklo, national press secretary for the Biden campaign, said in a statement. “The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response. As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs.” Emails obtained by the New York Post published on Oct. 15 suggest that Hunter Biden allegedly sought to secure deals worth millions involving a Chinese energy giant with ties to the Chinese military. Hunter Biden Email Stories Trump campaign adviser Miller also said on Oct. 19 that Trump will be raising the issue of the New York Post article published on Oct. 14, if debate moderator Welker doesn’t. The NY Post reported an alleged email showing that Hunter allegedly introduced his father, who was vice president at the time, to a top executive at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. Hunter Biden sat on the board of this company. The email was found on a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden. “If Kristen Welker, the moderator, doesn’t bring it up, I think you’re pretty safe to assume that the president will. Again, these are real simple questions,” Miller told Fox Business. Miller told Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Oct. 18: “We do know that Joe Biden lied to the American public when he said he never discussed his son Hunter’s business dealings… Joe Biden has not come out and himself denied any of these allegations … think we’re going to hear a lot more about this on Thursday at the debate.” Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden at the reviewing stand to watch President Barrack Obama’s Inaugural Parade from in front of the White House in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) The Biden campaign has rejected the report, saying that it had reviewed Biden’s official schedules and “no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told The Associated Press: “Trump is still the political outsider, while Biden is the ultimate insider. We now know that Biden allowed his son to sell access to him while he was vice president.” Other documents and photographs of the Bidens were also allegedly found on the MacBook Pro hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the NY Post reported. The laptop was allegedly handed to the FBI and a copy of the files given to Trump’s private attorney Rudy Giuliani by an electronics repair shop owner. The outlet said it obtained the documents from Giuliani on Oct. 11. The shop owner said that the unidentified customer who dropped off the laptop “never paid for the service or retrieved it.” The shop owner then handed the laptop over to the FBI in December 2019 after the client failed to claim the item after repeated attempts at contact. The Epoch Times has not been able to independently verify the New York Post’s claims. Giuliani said that he went to a local police department in Delaware on Oct. 19 to report his concerns about content on the laptop. “They told me it would be investigated,” he told Just The News. Biden spent the week off the campaign trail to prepare for the debate, but issued statements on his campaign website over Trump’s recent visits to various states for campaign rallies, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida. In the statements, Biden took aim at COVID-19 cases and alleged that the president had mishandled the pandemic. Epoch Times staff and Reuters contributed to this report.
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here President Trump says no to a virtual debate with Joe Biden. So now that we won’t even have the second debate, will there be another? We examine this latest in a seemingly endless series of shocks to the system, after Mike Pence did his best to clean up some of