Experts say final debates often play an outsized role in electoral outcomes.
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The 90-minute prime-time debate, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, came just 12 days before Election Day and served as the final opportunity for each candidate to make his case to voters.
The debate was divided into six 15-minute segments: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.”
Trump and Biden each had his microphone cut off while his rival delivered an opening two-minute answer to each of the six debate topics. The mute button wasn’t utilized during the open discussion portion of the debate.
Trump and Biden’s first debate, which was held in Cleveland, was punctuated by frequent interruptions, leaving the two men talking over each other and Biden eventually telling the president to “shut up.”
A planned second debate didn’t happen after the president was diagnosed with the coronavirus and refused to participate in a virtual format. Biden and Trump instead participated in dueling town halls on competing television networks.
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