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Politics Trump and Biden to face off in 1st 2020 presidential debate

03:16  29 september  2020
03:16  29 september  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The first presidential debate , when the incumbent President Trump will face off against Joe Biden for the first time, was to be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In late July, the institution withdrew from hosting due to concerns about the pandemic.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican incumbent President Donald Trump are all set to share the stage for the first time on Tuesday night when they will be going head-to-head in the first of the three presidential debates . (File photo).

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden prepared to face off Tuesday -- at a social distance -- in their first in-person showdown of the 2020 presidential campaign.

a blue room: The stage awaits the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2020. © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The stage awaits the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2020.

As they did so, each grappled with how to tackle 11th hour bombshell developments involving a report about Trump's taxes and a Supreme Court confirmation fight.

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will forgo a handshake at their first presidential debate on Tuesday, one of several ways Covid-19 has impacted the way the candidates' first face - to - face showdown will play out.

While Biden hunkered down in Delaware Monday, Trump, when asked at an event touting production of an electric pickup truck in Ohio -- where the debate will take place -- whether he was looking forward to the matchup, responded, "Yeah, I am," with a grin. "I am looking very forward to the debate."

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But he walked away when reporters asked about a New York Times account about his tax returns showing he paid no or little federal income tax over the past 18 years.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump talks about the new Endurance all-electric pickup truck on the south lawn of the White House, Sept. 28, 2020. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump talks about the new Endurance all-electric pickup truck on the south lawn of the White House, Sept. 28, 2020.

The first debate, at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, comes as the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden maintains a 10-point edge among both registered and likely voters.

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The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, Sept. As for the second presidential debate , the format will look more like a town hall meeting and questions will come from residents of the Miami area.

Jill Biden , the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden , said her husband is "ready" to face Donald Trump in the first presidential debate this week and accused the President of trying to distract with smears during the tense campaign.

The debate will air commercial-free from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET on ABC and stream on ABC News Live. Pre-show coverage will begin on ABC News Live at 7 p.m. and on the network at 8 p.m. Following the debate, there will be additional analysis on ABC and ABC News Live.

The coronavirus pandemic's impact will be evident as the two candidates won't partake in an opening handshake, as is customary.

The size of the audience also will be limited and everyone attending the debate must undergo COVID-19 testing and follow other public health protocols.

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While the year began with a presidential impeachment and a competitive Democratic primary, the country has since experienced an ongoing pandemic, an economic collapse, national reckonings around race and a Supreme Court vacancy.

The stage awaits the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2020. © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The stage awaits the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2020.

The debate moderator, "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace, selected the topics, with each segment getting approximately 15 minutes: Trump's and Biden's records; the Supreme Court; COVID-19; the economy; race and violence in U.S. cities; and the integrity of the election.

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Trump and Biden 's first debate Tuesday will look noticeably different from past matchups due to the coronavirus pandemic. The audience size will be drastically smaller than prior presidential debates , Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates , which is conducting the

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Asked how Trump was preparing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday said he went through "a number of topics during preparation [Sunday]." Trump said his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie helped him with debate preparations Sunday before he held a news conference, the ultimate way to prepare, according to the White House. (Christie is an ABC News contributor.)

"As he (Trump) has said vocally and publicly, his debate prep happens each and every day when he's at the podium taking questions -- vicious questions at that -- unfair questions from a media that's very biased. When he goes to the plane and he gaggles on the way there and on the way back, he takes more questions than any president in history. He's very transparent unlike Joe Biden who really has been hiding away," McEnany told Fox News.

Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump, right. © AFP via Getty Images Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump, right. MORE: President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court seat

Over the last few weeks, the president has resisted traditional debate preparations, as he did during the 2016 campaign. This time around, sources said, debate meetings have taken place both at the White House and the president's weekend retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey, with sessions including Christie, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Jason Miller and Jared Kushner and other top aides.

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The Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will host the first of three debates between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr.Credit Andrew Mangum for The New York Times.

The sessions have included conversations about potential debate topics or issues on the president's mind but included few, if any, extensive mock debates, according to sources.

Trump, sources said, is eager to go after Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and his business dealings in Ukraine while his father was vice president and in charge of anti-corruption efforts involving Ukraine. Hunter Biden has denied wrongdoing and faces no charges.

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Biden's debate preparations are being overseen by Democratic debate guru and Biden's former chief of staff, Ron Klain, according to sources. His preparations have included mock debate sessions with Bob Bauer, a senior Biden adviser and former White House general counsel, playing the role of Trump, according to a source familiar with the process.

a man wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC. © Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC.

"It is going to be difficult. I know -- I mean my guess it's going to be just straight attacks. They're gonna be mostly personal. That's the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn't know how to debate the facts because he's not that smart. He doesn't know that many facts," Biden said Saturday on MSNBC when asked about his strategy.

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"I'm prepared to go out and make my case as to why I think he's failed and why I think the answers I have to proceed will help the American people, the American economy and make us safer internationally," he added.

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With the Supreme Court slated to hear arguments on the fate of the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10 -- one week after Election Day -- Biden can be expected to highlight how health care for millions of Americans could hang in the balance, even as Democrats concede there's little Democrats can do to stop Trump's high court nominee who they warn could vote to scuttle the law.

Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: This combination of pictures shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 23, 2020, at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C., and President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 24, 2020. © Photos by Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski / AFP This combination of pictures shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 23, 2020, at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C., and President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 24, 2020.

Trump has continued to suggest Biden is taking performance-enhancing drugs, calling on him to take a test either before or after the debate, claiming he would take one as well. Trump made the same baseless claim against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following their first debate in 2016, calling for a drug test before the next one. No drug tests were taken, and he went on to participate in all three debates.

"Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?" Trump tweeted Monday.

Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield soundly rejected the accusation.

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At the same time, Trump's team has played up Biden as a career politician who has debated dozens of times while noting Trump's first experience debating was when he first ran for president last cycle.

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Viewers may anticipate Wallace and debate moderators to fact check the candidates in real time, but the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) attempted to manage those expectations over the weekend.

"There's a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone," CPD co-chair Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday on CNN. "We don't expect Chris or our other moderators to be fact checkers. The minute the TV is off, there are going to be plenty of fact checkers in every newspaper and every television station in the world. That's not the role, the main role, of our moderators."

a group of people in a dark room: Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final debate moderated by Chris Wallace at UNLV in Las Vegas, Oct. 19, 2016. © Mark Ralston/Pool via Reuters Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final debate moderated by Chris Wallace at UNLV in Las Vegas, Oct. 19, 2016.

Wallace -- who moderated the third and final 2016 debate between Trump and Clinton -- also said Sunday on Fox News that his job as a moderator is "to be as invisible as possible."

"I'm trying to get them to engage, to focus on the key issues, to give people at home a sense of, 'why I want to vote for one versus the other,'" Wallace said.

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While the debate falls exactly five weeks before Election Day, millions of Americans are already voting.

State election officials in Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin have issued millions of absentee or mail ballots, and early voting has started in a handful of states including Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia.

ABC News' Jordyn Phelps, Katherine Faulders, John Santucci and Will Steakin contributed to this report.

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