Breakingviews – Debate chaos is a gift for a conflicted Biden

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – Donald Trump just gave Joe Biden a gift. The first televised debate of the 2020 election could have forced the Democratic presidential nominee to explain how he can appease both economic moderates and progressives. The anarchic behavior of the sitting president rendered that unnecessary.

Tuesday’s debate was a train wreck from the get-go. The moderator, Fox News Sunday’s anchor Chris Wallace, quickly lost control as the president refused to stop interrupting. The debate included questions on topics ranging from the Supreme Court to the integrity of the elections, but the 90 minutes included little substantive discussion, and the near-constant heckling of Biden by Trump.


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