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Biden vs. Trump: The first debate

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely over Trump's record on the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare and the economy in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump's repeated interruptions. While being interrupted by Trump, Biden said, "Will you shut up, man. This is so unpresidential. ... Keep yapping, man."

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely over Trump's record on the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare and the economy in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump's repeated...more

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely over Trump's record on the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare and the economy in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump's repeated interruptions. While being interrupted by Trump, Biden said, "Will you shut up, man. This is so unpresidential. ... Keep yapping, man." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Biden called the president a “clown” - twice. At one point, he apparently thought better of it.  

“It’s hard to get any word in with this clown, excuse me, this person,” Biden during an exchange about taxes. 
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Biden called the president a “clown” - twice. At one point, he apparently thought better of it. “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown, excuse me, this person,” Biden during an exchange about taxes. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Biden called the president a “clown” - twice. At one point, he apparently thought better of it. “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown, excuse me, this person,” Biden during an exchange about taxes. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Trump, asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences.

"We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee respected by all."
".. I think that she (Barrett) will be outstanding. She will be as good as anybody who has ever served on that court. We won the election and therefore we had the right to choose her." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump, asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences. "We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee...more

Trump, asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences. "We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee respected by all." ".. I think that she (Barrett) will be outstanding. She will be as good as anybody who has ever served on that court. We won the election and therefore we had the right to choose her." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Biden, speaking of Trump: "This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Biden, speaking of Trump: "This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Biden, speaking of Trump: "This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Biden, told by Trump that he has adopted former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders' "socialized medicine" proposals: "Everybody here knows he's a liar. You picked the wrong guy on the wrong night at the wrong time." Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

Biden, told by Trump that he has adopted former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders' "socialized medicine" proposals: "Everybody here knows he's a liar. You picked the wrong guy on the wrong night at the wrong time." Morry Gash/Pool via...more

Biden, told by Trump that he has adopted former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders' "socialized medicine" proposals: "Everybody here knows he's a liar. You picked the wrong guy on the wrong night at the wrong time." Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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Trump scowled at his rival for much of the debate, or wagged his finger or waved his hand to dismiss his Democratic opponent. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump scowled at his rival for much of the debate, or wagged his finger or waved his hand to dismiss his Democratic opponent. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump scowled at his rival for much of the debate, or wagged his finger or waved his hand to dismiss his Democratic opponent. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to Trump: "I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I'm appealing to you sir to do that."

Trump, referring to Biden, responded: "And him, too."

Wallace: "Well, frankly you've been doing more interrupting." Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS

Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to Trump: "I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I'm appealing to you sir to do that." Trump, referring to Biden, responded: "And...more

Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to Trump: "I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I'm appealing to you sir to do that." Trump, referring to Biden, responded: "And him, too." Wallace: "Well, frankly you've been doing more interrupting." Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS
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"You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and ... the golf course and go in the Oval Office and putting together Democrats and Republicans, and fund what needs to be done now to save lives," said Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

"You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and ... the golf course and go in the Oval Office and putting together Democrats and Republicans, and fund what needs to be done now to save lives," said Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

"You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and ... the golf course and go in the Oval Office and putting together Democrats and Republicans, and fund what needs to be done now to save lives," said Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Trump didn't mince words when moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked him, point-blank, what he paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, after the New York Times reported that his tax returns showed only a $750 payment in each year.

Offering no evidence, Trump said he had paid, "millions of dollars. And you'll get to see it," despite his refusal to release any returns since he became a candidate in 2015, breaking with decades of tradition.

"Show us your tax returns," Biden interjected.

Trump attempted to walk a fine line, claiming he owed a hefty tax bill while also defending his efforts to pay as little taxes as possible -- and blaming Biden and former President Barack Obama for helping him to do so via the tax code. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump didn't mince words when moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked him, point-blank, what he paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, after the New York Times reported that his tax returns showed only a $750 payment in each year. Offering...more

Trump didn't mince words when moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked him, point-blank, what he paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, after the New York Times reported that his tax returns showed only a $750 payment in each year. Offering no evidence, Trump said he had paid, "millions of dollars. And you'll get to see it," despite his refusal to release any returns since he became a candidate in 2015, breaking with decades of tradition. "Show us your tax returns," Biden interjected. Trump attempted to walk a fine line, claiming he owed a hefty tax bill while also defending his efforts to pay as little taxes as possible -- and blaming Biden and former President Barack Obama for helping him to do so via the tax code. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Trump commenting on Biden's proposed approach to developing coronavirus vaccines: "People like this would rather make it political than save lives."

Biden replied, "Guess what, a lot of people died, and a lot more going to die unless he gets a lot smarter a lot quicker." 
Trump shot back with, "There's nothing smart about you, Joe." REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump commenting on Biden's proposed approach to developing coronavirus vaccines: "People like this would rather make it political than save lives." Biden replied, "Guess what, a lot of people died, and a lot more going to die unless he gets a lot...more

Trump commenting on Biden's proposed approach to developing coronavirus vaccines: "People like this would rather make it political than save lives." Biden replied, "Guess what, a lot of people died, and a lot more going to die unless he gets a lot smarter a lot quicker." Trump shot back with, "There's nothing smart about you, Joe." REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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President Donald Trump grips his podium. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump grips his podium. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump grips his podium. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Fans of President Donald Trump applaud while watching a streaming of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, from Lititz, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski

Fans of President Donald Trump applaud while watching a streaming of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, from Lititz, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski

Fans of President Donald Trump applaud while watching a streaming of the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, from Lititz, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski
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President Donald Trump gestures. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump gestures. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump gestures. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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While Trump spoke, Biden shook his head, sometimes broke into a smile or a laugh, and occasionally simply stopped speaking and kept silent in exasperation. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

While Trump spoke, Biden shook his head, sometimes broke into a smile or a laugh, and occasionally simply stopped speaking and kept silent in exasperation. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

While Trump spoke, Biden shook his head, sometimes broke into a smile or a laugh, and occasionally simply stopped speaking and kept silent in exasperation. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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People watch the first presidential debate at a bar in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

People watch the first presidential debate at a bar in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

People watch the first presidential debate at a bar in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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Biden questioned Trump's leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump had panicked and failed to protect Americans because he was more concerned about the economy.

"He panicked or he looked at the stock market," Biden said of Trump, who has pushed for states to reopen their economies and played down the threat of the pandemic.

"A lot of people died and a lot more are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot quicker," Biden said.

Trump objected to Biden using the word "smart."

"You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don't ever use the word smart with me. Don't ever use that word," Trump said.

He defended his approach on the pandemic, "We've done a great job," Trump said. "But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we've done. You don't have it in your blood.". REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Biden questioned Trump's leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump had panicked and failed to protect Americans because he was more concerned about the economy. "He panicked or he looked at the stock market," Biden said of Trump, who has...more

Biden questioned Trump's leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump had panicked and failed to protect Americans because he was more concerned about the economy. "He panicked or he looked at the stock market," Biden said of Trump, who has pushed for states to reopen their economies and played down the threat of the pandemic. "A lot of people died and a lot more are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot quicker," Biden said. Trump objected to Biden using the word "smart." "You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don't ever use the word smart with me. Don't ever use that word," Trump said. He defended his approach on the pandemic, "We've done a great job," Trump said. "But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we've done. You don't have it in your blood.". REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Biden called Trump “Putin’s puppy,” needling him for not confronting Russia about allegedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers. Trump tried to object, but was reprimanded by Wallace for speaking out of turn. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Biden called Trump “Putin’s puppy,” needling him for not confronting Russia about allegedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers. Trump tried to object, but was reprimanded by Wallace for speaking out of turn. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Biden called Trump “Putin’s puppy,” needling him for not confronting Russia about allegedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers. Trump tried to object, but was reprimanded by Wallace for speaking out of turn. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The president brought up Biden's son's struggles with drugs. Biden said he was proud of his son Hunter for overcoming addiction.   Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

The president brought up Biden's son's struggles with drugs. Biden said he was proud of his son Hunter for overcoming addiction. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

The president brought up Biden's son's struggles with drugs. Biden said he was proud of his son Hunter for overcoming addiction. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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Trump also suggested that Biden could not drum up enough interest to hold large in-person rallies, when Biden criticized him for flouting social-distancing rules at campaign events. 

“If you could get the crowds, you would have done the same thing,” Trump said.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump also suggested that Biden could not drum up enough interest to hold large in-person rallies, when Biden criticized him for flouting social-distancing rules at campaign events. “If you could get the crowds, you would have done the same thing,”...more

Trump also suggested that Biden could not drum up enough interest to hold large in-person rallies, when Biden criticized him for flouting social-distancing rules at campaign events. “If you could get the crowds, you would have done the same thing,” Trump said. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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People watch the first 2020 presidential campaign debate at the Grog Shop venue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People watch the first 2020 presidential campaign debate at the Grog Shop venue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People watch the first 2020 presidential campaign debate at the Grog Shop venue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Trump when asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences.

"We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee respected by all." Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

Trump when asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences. "We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee...more

Trump when asked about whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election: "We won the election. Elections have consequences. "We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee respected by all." Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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“We had 10.4 million people in a four-month period that we’ve put back in the workforce. That’s a record the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before.... Our country is coming back incredibly well,” Trump said.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“We had 10.4 million people in a four-month period that we’ve put back in the workforce. That’s a record the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before.... Our country is coming back incredibly well,” Trump said. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“We had 10.4 million people in a four-month period that we’ve put back in the workforce. That’s a record the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before.... Our country is coming back incredibly well,” Trump said. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the stage at the conclusion of the first debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the stage at the conclusion of the first debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the stage at the conclusion of the first debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Joe Biden is embraced by his wife Jill as President Donald Trump stands next to first lady Melania Trump at the end of the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

Joe Biden is embraced by his wife Jill as President Donald Trump stands next to first lady Melania Trump at the end of the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS

Joe Biden is embraced by his wife Jill as President Donald Trump stands next to first lady Melania Trump at the end of the debate. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
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President Donald Trump thrusts his fist as he and first lady Melania Trump depart. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump thrusts his fist as he and first lady Melania Trump depart. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump thrusts his fist as he and first lady Melania Trump depart. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Joe Biden's wife, Jill, arrives for the first 2020 presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Joe Biden's wife, Jill, arrives for the first 2020 presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Joe Biden's wife, Jill, arrives for the first 2020 presidential campaign debate. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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President Donald Trump's sons Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump's wife Lara Trump, daughter Tiffany Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump arrive. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump's sons Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump's wife Lara Trump, daughter Tiffany Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump arrive. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump's sons Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump's wife Lara Trump, daughter Tiffany Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump arrive. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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