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Washington – President Trump is promising to keep America great. Joseph R. Biden Jr. wants to restore the soul of America.
But there is much to discuss beyond those two slogans.
The long-awaited first debate between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden on Tuesday night is expected to put the spotlight on pressing issues such as the coronovirus epidemic, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States, and a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy , The consequences of which could affect American society for decades to come.
The debate will include six 15-minute segments on various topics chosen by the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Here’s where Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden stand on those six issues.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed that his administration’s response to the coronavirus epidemic was extraordinary, adding that he worked quickly to impose travel restrictions from China; Worked with states to obtain equipment such as ventilators; And pushed for the development of treatments and vaccines.
However, the record shows that the president consistently reduced the threat from the virus in the early days when it could have been contained, and ignored or resisted advice from his top health officials. The United States failed to give enough tests to know how the virus was spreading, and Mr. Trump confronted the governors over the need for protective equipment.
Mr. Trump and the White House have exerted extreme political pressure on disease control and prevention and other health agencies to accept Mr. Trump’s demands, with growing evidence of ways that the country thought they were safer than Rapid reopening.
And the president’s demands for a vaccine that can be announced before the election have made the public health community wary of the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety when one is ready.
For several months, Mr. Biden has focused a great deal on the virus, condemning Mr. Trump’s handling of the epidemic and as a central argument that he asks voters to reject the president’s second term.
This is also set to be a major focus of Mr. Biden in the debate. He has promised different approaches to combating the virus, emphasizing the importance of referring scientific experts, and has called for a national mask mandate, which Mr. Trump does not support. He has taken care to behave well in his campaign, wearing masks himself, and avoiding organizing rallies.
Until the epidemic, one of Mr. Trump’s strongest arguments for re-election was the powerful performance of the economy, which received low unemployment, strong growth, and a growing stock market.
Following the virus-induced shutdowns, the growth of the economy has stalled and unemployment has risen, with some recovery even in recent months. On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump promised that the economy would recover – and get better – if he was given a second term.
The president has also promised future tax cuts for the middle class, although he has not offered specifics, and has said he wants to reduce the capital gains tax.
Although the economy has been a source of lasting strength for Mr. Trump in elections, Mr. Biden is trying to stand up for the president. He could argue Mr. Trump’s handling of the epidemic that presidential mismanagement has worsened the economic pain of Americans. And he has portrayed Mr. Trump as fixated on the performance of the stock market and only worried about rich people.
This summer, Mr. Biden rolled out his set of economic proposals under the slogan, a plan to invest in clean energy and to ensure that purchasing spending goes toward American-made products.
Under Mr. Trump’s tax policy, Mr. Biden may fall into a region. Mr. Biden is asking for a tax increase on the corporation and high-earning individuals, but has said that anyone with incomes below $ 400,000 will not face a tax increase.
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The intense push to seat Judge Amy Connie Barrett in the Supreme Court before Election Day is part of the president’s four-year effort to oust the federal judiciary, adding conservative-leaning judges to the bench at all levels. With the help of the Republican-controlled Senate, Mr. Trump is succeeding in that goal.
The President also took two other judges of the Supreme Court – Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Has already established Kwanuagh – and appeals to more than 200 federal district and court judges to shift the ideological balance for years to come.
Mr. Biden has promised to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, although he has refused to follow Mr. Trump’s lead and release a list of potential candidates. He asked Senate Republicans after the election to confirm the successor to Justice Ruth Beder Ginsburg, noting that early voting was already underway.
Mr. Biden has sought to tie the court vacancy to the fate of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that health coverage is at stake for millions of Americans in the November election. A week after Election Day is scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court to challenge the health law, and the Trump administration is asking the court to strike.
Race and violence in American cities
The president has seized unrest over racial justice as a distinction between him and Mr Biden, calling the protesters “rioters” and “anarchists” and casting himself as the “law and order” leader I am sitting with the police in a bid. .
The president and his campaign are using episodes of violence against the police to generate fear and support among their base. He has called for more aggressive use of the National Guard to control the disturbances, and dismissed the Black Lives Matter organization as a radical, violent group.
When he is pressed for achievements, Mr. Trump cites the First Step Act, which introduced some reforms to federal sentencing laws that benefit minorities. The bipartisan bill was passed in 2018 and signed into law by Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump has attacked Mr. Biden as anti-law enforcement, often in exaggerated terms – though at times the president has also attempted to punish him because of his work on the 1994 crime bill, which fueled chaos. Was.
Mr. Biden has repeatedly stated that he opposes defending the police, although Republicans still falsely claim that he supports that movement. He has also condemned the violence.
Mr. Biden called for racial medicine and resolved to confront systemic racism, which is a different view of Mr. Trump. In July, Mr. Biden released a plan to address racial disparities in the economy.
Mr. Biden’s message is tied to the themes of his campaign origins and American values, as he often talks about being inspired by Mr. Trump’s comments after a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Trump and biden records
Mr. Trump’s campaign has sought to highlight his “promises” during nearly four years in the White House, telling voters that he will do what he has said as a candidate in 2016.
In his campaign rallies, the president focused on trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, or the renaissance of NAFTA and the imposition of tariffs on China and other countries. He claims his 2017 tax cuts and an increase in jobs before the coronovirus epidemic. He cites actions to increase military funds, abolish environmental regulations, peace agreements in the Middle East, and the closure of immigration.
Many of the president’s promises fell short, an issue that Mr. Biden highlighted. Despite saying that he would build a “big, beautiful wall” across the entire border with Mexico, the president has built a wall of nearly 200 miles, a replacement for the current obstacles. He failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and did not control federal spending.
Apart from Mr. Trump’s record in the White House, another issue is likely to come up. Mr. Trump has refused to release his tax returns, and the New York Times reported on Sunday that he paid only $ 750 in federal income tax in 2016 and in 2017.
Mr. Biden spent 36 years as a senator and eight years as vice-president, so he has a huge record – giving him the feat to brag, but at the same time from other aspects of his long career Denied.
Mr. Biden can point to the achievements of his work on the passage of the Women Against Women Act, as well as the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of the 2009 stimulus package.
Mr. Trump has portrayed Mr. Biden’s record very differently, and Mr. Biden has faced criticism for several votes during the 2020 campaign, including his support for the Iraq War, the 1994 crime bill, and NAFTA. Is included.
Mr. Trump has spent much of last year questioning the sincerity of the upcoming election, laying the foundation stone for a legal and public relations attack if an early count shows he has lost the race.
The president’s primary focus over the past several months has been on mail-in ballots, which he claims – without any evidence – are subject to widespread fraud and should not be allowed.
Mr. Biden has warned that Mr. Trump wants to reduce the legitimacy of the election. “This president is going to try to steal the election indirectly, by arguing that mail-in ballots don’t work,” he said in July.
Mr. Biden has also warned of possible foreign intervention, stating that as president, he would produce significant consequences for any arbitration for foreign powers. Last week, he called Mr. Trump’s refusal for a peaceful transfer of power a “typical Trump distraction”.