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First Presidential Election of 2020: Part 2

By Josie Barton

Part one of this Article covered debate on the Coronavirus, the economy, and the Supreme Court. Part two will cover more of the most important topics of modern America: race and violence, financial and political records, and the integrity of the coming election.

Race and violence in American cities proved to be a very controversial topic. President Trump uses the “Law-and-Order” political strategy in his defense. He also called for a stronger National Guard as a result of the protests and mentioned that he signed the First-Step Act in 2018 to maintain public safety.

On the other hand, former Vice President, Biden, claimed he opposes defunding the police. Biden called for addressing racial injustices. He plans to use Trump’s comments in the White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville, VA., in 2017 against him.

Trump and Biden’s political records came into account during the debate. Trump, throughout his campaign rallies, turned his focus on trade, tariffs on China, 2017 tax cuts, the growth of jobs before Covid-19, increased military funding, the elimination of environmental regulations, peace agreements, and shutting down immigration. The focus turned to Trump’s financial records and loopholes. The New York Times reported that he paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017.

Biden advanced on his political records consisting of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1990. The Act focused on domestic violence and sexual assault. Biden also mentioned his position in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and his plans to further promote the Act. Biden incorporated his work on the 2009 stimulus package into discussion.

Both candidates were asked their positions on the integrity of the election in November. Trump claimed that mail-in ballots were subject to fraud and should be banned.

Biden took a different approach on the subject, warning about foreign interference. Biden plans to impose repercussions in intrusions with foreign powers.

The first presidential debate of 2020 included interruption from both parties on the discussion of controversial issues. The outcome did not satisfy many, and Americans of both parties are left with short confidence in their decisions for the November election.

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