3…2…1… DEBATE!!!


Brandon Jordon

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the nation had its first presidential debate of the year. It was held at Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. The presidential debate was moderated by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit committee designed to keep these debates as fair as possible, and Chris Wallace of FOX News. The debate went in the following order: each candidate will have two minutes each to answer the question uninterrupted, then the rest of the allotted time is used for discussion. The debate was divided into six segments or topics that each would be about fifteen minutes each. The chosen topics for this debate were: The Trump and Biden Records, The Supreme Court, COVID-19, The Economy, Race and Violence in our Cities, and The Integrity of the Election.

The debate was nothing but chaos for most of it. The candidates, especially President Trump, kept interrupting one another and were never giving each other a good chance to get a word in. Chris Wallace was having a hard time getting everyone to respect each other’s time to talk.

Trump seemed to have the strategy of being a strong and bold leader to push the debate forward. He would interrupt candidate Biden and even start calling him names to show the public that he is the more dominant candidate. Trump focused more on what he already did for the country and his constitutional duties that he needs to keep. Trump also focused more on the economy as a whole rather than a individual person.

Biden was not perfect either. He too interrupted and name called trump throughout the whole debate. Biden did talk a lot about having a plan but did not give a lot of detail as to what that plan entails. Biden also focused on pandering more towards the people at home, discussing how things like the Coronavirus and the economy shutdown has affected citizens and small businesses.

Its hard to say who has the upper advantage after this first debate. Both made some interesting points to consider when it comes to voting time. I would recommend to all of you to watch the debate for yourselves and make a decision based off of that. Popular news networks can fall into the trap of pandering to a certain audience that they know they have in order to get the most views. In order to be the most informed citizen, you have to do research and make your own opinion based off of that. The next presidential debate will be held October 15, 2020. We cannot wait to see what will happen next.