US presidential contenders Donald Trump and Joe Biden return to the campaign trail on Friday, with both holding events in their adopted home states of Florida and Delaware, following their second and final TV debate, which turned out to be a remarkably civil affair.
Still, Mr Trump provoked outrage in India, after he labelled the country’s air quality as “filthy” whilst debating Mr Biden on the climate crisis. Mr Trump also declared the country to be “rounding the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic, whilst Mr Biden warned that the US was in for a “dark winter” and said the president had “no plan” for tackling the outbreak.
With the US breaking single-day records for Covid cases, it seems all too clear that the latter’s caution is the more realistic outlook.
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Stephen Colbert reacts to debate
Stephen Colbert likened the final debate of the 2020 presidential election to “getting our last wisdom tooth taken out” shortly after Joe Biden and Donald Trump faced off.
Colbert was one of several late-night hosts who devoted part of their monologues do the event. He compared the idea of watching Trump debate to dental surgery, adding: “Tonight was like getting our last wisdom tooth taken out. Yes, it hurt. And yes, we can still taste the blood in our mouths.”
Clemence Michallon reports:
Gino Spocchia23 October 2020 16:42
Pollster says now ‘impossible’ for Trump to defeat Biden
Donald Trump does not have enough time to overcome both Joe Biden’s poll leads, and the small matter that some 50 million ballots have already been cast in the election, following their debate performance on Thursday.
According to Republican pollster Frank Luntz, Mr Trump might have won over some undecided voters on the night, but he has ultimately failed to change the trajectory, making it “virtually impossible” to beat Mr Biden.
Even if the polls are as wrong as they were in 2016, when Mr Trump pulled off an upset victory against Hillary Clinton, added Mr Luntz, in an interview with CNBC.
“You got to give Trump a minor victory because he’ll bring some [undecided] voters home, and it’ll close the race a little bit. But in the end, I think Joe Biden won the war,” he said.
Gino Spocchia23 October 2020 16:02
AOC attacks Trump’s name-calling and disrespect for women
As the two presidential candidates sparred over climate change proposals on Thursday, Donald Trump name-dropped Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who later hit back at the use of her nickname.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, universally known as “AOC”, wrote on Twitter that Republicans – including the president – “advertise their disrespect of women” by constantly referring to women’s nicknames.
Mr Trump had, not for the first time, refereed to the New York representative as “AOC plus three”, in an…