30 September 2020

Key points from presidential debate between Trump and Biden in Cleveland

30 September 2020

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head-to-head for the first of three debates, with a stark difference in style and substance between the pair.

Moderator Chris Wallace kept on attempting to hold his ground amid interruptions from the White House incumbent as Mr Trump and Mr Biden discussed Covid-19, healthcare and law and order.

At times, the debate got personal with Mr Biden calling the president a “clown”, and the Republican candidate countering “There’s nothing smart about you”.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the key points from events in Cleveland.

Joe Biden’s quote of the night

Will you shut up, man. This is so unpresidential ... Keep yapping, man

Donald Trump’s quote of the night

In 47 months I've done more than you have done in 47 years

Tweet of the night

Hillary Clinton gives some insight into her feelings last time around when facing Mr Trump.

Picture of the night

Donald Trump showed off his presidential face mask as the pair discussed Covid-19 (AP)

Figure of the night

What do the polls say?

US presidential election 2020 opinion polls (PA Graphics)

What’s next

The pair get a break – from debates, at least – for a fortnight as vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris take to the stage next week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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