Second Presidential Debate Delivers Shocking COVID-19 News


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This debate took place October 22, 2020

Caitlyn Kowalski, Features Editor

On October 22 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST., tens of millions of U.S. citizens were watching the second presidential debate. Held at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee, Republican President Donald J. Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the second and final Presidential debate for the upcoming 2020 election. Because of the chaos of the last debate, Americans certainly did not know what to expect for this upcoming discussion between our Presidential candidates.

Moderated by Kristen Welker, this debate started out smoother than many had expected. When asked a question, the candidates had two uninterrupted minutes, and whoever was not speaking had a muted microphone. In the beginning, this had prevented the candidates from speaking on top of and interrupting each other. But, when asked to respond to each other’s remarks, all hell broke loose. Not only interrupting each other but talking over the moderator began to resemble what had happened in the last debate.

The first question asked to both of the candidates was what their plans would be going forward to tackle the coronavirus. With President Trump’s answer came a shocking reveal of news to the American people. Trump had revealed that major companies such as Johnson and Johnson are producing a COVID-19 vaccine that will be distributed within weeks. Stating that there are over 100 million vials on the way to the United States, this is certainly not the news that U.S. citizens were expecting.

Additionally, Trump had also stated that he was given this vaccine while being treated for the virus in the hospital. Overall avoiding the question of what the next steps were, all he has let the people know is that a vaccine was on its way in the next few weeks.

In response to the same question, former Vice President Biden had a fairly different approach. Biden stated that he would mandate the people to wear masks in hopes of the people to practice proper safety distancing procedures. Biden also suggested closing down non-essential businesses such as gymnasiums or movie theatres until we can control the virus and reopen them safely.

President Trump stated that “We can’t close our nation. We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement as Joe does.” In response to this, Biden said his goal was to “Shut down the virus, not the country.”

Tackling prominent national problems such as climate change, COVID-19 approaches, immigration status, and foreign policies, a recent CNN poll determined that Biden had won this debate. While this debate was not as hectic as the first, this was certainly one for the books as well.