President Trump and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sniped and snarled repeatedly during their first debate, a meeting that was supposed to offer voters a clear contrast in policy and temperament but more often provided a stage for the two candidates to vent personal grievances.
The 90-minute, commercial-free debate, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, was supposed to be organized around six central topics: the candidates’ records, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and civil unrest, and election integrity. But that neat, tidy structure was tested as the opponents niggled one another and leveled personal attacks, including Trump targeting Biden’s family and Biden going after the president’s finances.
A sober discussion of serious public policy topics was largely derailed by snide remarks and retorts between the two White House rivals.
“Will you shut up, man?” Biden asked Trump at one point