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Summary

  1. The long-awaited battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is marked by rancour
  2. They clashed over Covid, crime, healthcare and even their families
  3. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace had his hands full throughout as the two interrupted each other
  4. A key moment came an hour in when Trump was challenged to denounce white supremacists
  5. Millions were expected to tune in to watch all the action from Cleveland, Ohio
  6. Some of the Trump family refused to wear masks, against audience rules
  7. Stay with us after the debate for more commentary, analysis and fact-checking

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  1. Posted at 21:0921:09Democratic analyst: ‘A wrestling match’Democratic political analyst Mary Anne Marsh gives her view of the clash to BBC News, declaring: “There was a debate, and a wrestling match showed up instead!”Is there even a point in having two more presidential debates if they take this combative, muddled form?Some have suggested simply muting the candidates’ mics if they can’t stop talking over each other.Marsh says that would play into the president’s narrative of distrust: “If you cut his mic, he’ll say he’s being silenced and he’s being cheated.”She adds that she will be interested to see how many voters gave up and switched off during the first half hour of the debate.Social embed from twittertwitterReportReport this social embed, make a complaintArticle share tools
  2. Posted at 21:0821:08That was a lot. So what just happened?Alright, as things continue to heat up off-stage as we all process the last 90 minutes, let’s take a look back at some of the key moments from tonight.
    • In what was certainly one of the most chaotic presidential debates in modern history, we saw clashes not only between the candidates but between the president and the moderator. Chris Wallace had to beg for an end to the cross-talk and scolded the president for ignoring the rules .
    • Between Biden and Trump, the biggest battles were over Covid-19, the economy, election integrity and race.
    • Biden criticised Trump’s pandemic response while Trump touted his economic prowess and promised it would bounce back. Biden called for Trump to release his returns while Trump said Biden was responsible for the tax credits he’s used in the past.
    • In one notable exchange that’s sparked anger on social media, Trump claimed most unrest “we’re seeing is from the left-wing, not the right-wing” and didn’t outright condemn white supremacy.
    • And at the end, when asked by the moderator if they’d both concede and urge calm, Biden said he’d wait until the count was independently verified. The president again cast doubt on mail-in voting and told his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully”.
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