First presidential debate a battle of the brains?
The face-off in Cleveland, Ohio, between Donald Trump and his rival, Joe Biden, the first of three presidential debates, will see two septuagenarians eager to demonstrate their mental fitness for the presidency. U.S. voters will weigh-in on that question, the subtext of both campaigns, on Nov 3.
In July the University Of Notre Dame in Indiana handed over the hosting of the September debates to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland because of concerns over the rising coronavirus infection rate in the state.
Trump, a Republican, is fond of portraying his Democrat rival as a gaffe-prone, colorless candidate. The first charge can’t be denied: some of the gaffes Biden made during the nomination debates became headlines. The second charge is more apt, but is widely seen as playing to Biden’s advantage after four years of tumult under the Trump presidency.
At the debate, the first of three, each will lay out a vision of how to fix an economy stricken by COVID-19. The debates have taken on particular strategic importance to the rivals because the disease has denied them the usual opportunities for campaign rallies.
Trump’s slogans are Keep America Great, and Promises Made, Promises Kept. Forbes Magazine notes that his tweets and campaign ads attacking Biden on the economy and policing have adopted an increasingly dystopian tone. They accuse the former vice president of threatening the safety and livelihoods of middle-class Americans and of wanting to defund the police.
Biden denies the defunding charge, which became a recent rallying cry for some protesters during the demonstrations for racial justice that proliferated throughout the country after the death of a black man, George Floyd, during police custody. Biden has adopted the slogans Build Back Better and Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead. His campaign focuses on reviving an economy, and he will look for opportunities to attack his rival for lack of leadership during the pandemic.
The second presidential debate scheduled for Oct 15 was originally set to be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, but it was moved to Miami. The last is at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct 22. The vice presidential debate is scheduled for Oct 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.