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Chaos and Contempt: The First Presidential Debate

Chaos and Contempt: The First Presidential Debate

Update: 2020-09-3058
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This episode contains strong language.

Both presidential candidates had clear goals for their first debate on Tuesday.

For Joseph R. Biden Jr., the contest was an opportunity to consolidate his lead in polls before Election Day. President Trump’s task was, politically, a taller order — to change the course of a race that he seems to be losing. His tactics for doing that emerged quickly: interrupt and destabilize.

The result was a chaotic 90-minute back-and-forth, an often ugly melee in which the two major party nominees expressed levels of acrid contempt for each other.

We speak to our correspondent Alexander Burns about the mood and themes of the debate and whether any of it moved the dial for the election.


Guest: Alexander Burns, a national political correspondent for The New York Times.

For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily 


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Comments (7)

Alex Mercedes

can you imagine Biden talking about 45's kids, especially Ivanka, the way 45 went after Hunter? except out of respect for his disability, I would call 45 "trash".

Sep 30th
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The Rabbit Hole

hey Frank the NYT reporter said a bad word

Sep 30th
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Gary Herman

"Urge my supporters to watch very carefully," is a threat. It's not the job of my fellow citizens to watch me vote, Donald.

Sep 30th
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Lucas Busche

I’m curious why this hasn’t been implemented yet, but why don’t they cut the mic feed of whoever is NOT being asked a question. Especially in recent years. It wouldn’t shut up Trump, but it would certainly make it harder to hear him.

Sep 30th
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Chaos and Contempt: The First Presidential Debate

Chaos and Contempt: The First Presidential Debate