Who Won the 2nd Presidential Debate? The Most Memorable Moments

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off on Thursday evening in their final debate before the presidential election on November 3. Here are the most memorable moments.

Who won the final presidential debate?

Republican President Donald Trump faced off against Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden for the second presidential debate on Thursday at the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This was their final debate before the presidential election on November 3.

Here are some of the highlights, highs, and lows of each candidate’s performance. So who won the debate? You’ll have to judge for yourself.

New rules keep debate on even keel

NBC journalist Kristen Welker did a masterful job at keeping both candidates in check, while allowing each to make rebuttals to their rival’s comments. A new rule from the Commission on Presidential Debates gave each candidate two minutes of interrupted speaking, using a mute button to keep them from preempting one another.

However, it seemed that Welker never needed to use the mute option.

Welker handled the situation much better than Fox anchor Chris Wallace managed the first debate, which immediately went off the rails into chaos where, at times, Wallace seemed to inject himself into the contest, debating President Trump.

Where did Trump score?

Here are the highlights where Trump gained the upper hand over Biden.

Fracking:

President Donald Trump slammed Joe Biden over the former vice president’s previous comments saying he opposed fracking. Biden’s denied making the remarks and told Trump to prove he made such comments.

Within moments, Donald Trump’s campaign team posted a video on Twitter proving that Joe indeed made the comments.

CNN host Dana Bash asked Biden during Democratic debates earlier this year: “Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?

Biden said: “No, we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those.”

Children in cages:

Biden slammed Trump on family separations at the Mexico border and putting children into cages. Trump reminded the former vice president that the Obama-Biden administration built the so-called cages.

Trump said: “We changed the policy. They did it. We changed — they built the cages.”

Michelle Obama also made the same children in cages allegation against Trump during her address at the 2020 Democratic national convention this past August, the Western Journal reported.

The Associated Press fact-checked the allegations and wrote: “the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.”

Trump tweeted images of the “kids in cages” taken during the Obama-Biden administration.

Where did Biden score?

Here are the highlights where Biden gained the upper hand over Trump.

Healthcare:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden fended off allegations by President Donald Trump that the former vice president was going to eliminate private healthcare and transition America into socialized medicine.

Biden also hammered Trump over the fact that, while his administration has continually sought to repeal the affordable care act (Obamacare), it has never offered a replacement should it be removed, potentially leaving tens of millions of Americans without health care.

Biden asserted he was not seeking a “Medicare for all” healthcare system like some of the other Democratic candidates had advocated for during the Democratic primaries and that he would not eliminate private healthcare.

“He thinks he’s running against somebody else,” Biden said. “I beat all those other people.”

Draw: Coronavirus pandemic

When it comes to the issue of the coronavirus pandemic, both candidates end up in a draw for false or exaggerated claims and no specific plan.

Trump is correct that nations all around the world are still struggling to control COVID-19 as a second wave seems to be emerging, particularly across Europe.

Trump falls flat on his claim that coronavirus is “going away,” as the United States hit a record level of new coronavirus cases at over 77,000 on Thursday, NBC reported.

Biden claimed, “If we just wore these masks, the president’s own advisers have told him, we could save 100,000 lives.” However, a fact-checked by ABC said “The president’s advisers haven’t used this estimate” and that there has only been a strong recommendation from the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for wearing them.

Trump was also correct that Dr. Anthony Fauci has wavered on his advice for wearing or not wearing a mask.