Both candidates gave a more composed performance on this occasion. It was also more substantive. DW examines some of the issues that were discussed.
Donald Trump claimed that the virus would soon be gone.
“It will go away. And as I say we’re rounding the turn. We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away.”
Based on the latest figures, this is far from being the case, as official numbers indicate that the US is entering a third wave. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 65,000 new cases on Thursday. compared to 14 days ago.
Trump also claimed that his administration had done a great job in handling the pandemic. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association tells a different story. The US not only has the biggest absolute number of deaths related to the virus; over the past five months, the rate of deaths per capita was bigger than in the
For his part, Joe Biden said Red states, as in Republican-run, were seeing the worst of the figures: “And look at the states that are having such a spike in the coronavirus. They are the red states, they’re the states in the Midwest, they’re the states in the Upper Midwest, that’s where the spike is occurring significantly.”
Biden’s statement, however, needs to be put into context: According to the CDC as of Thursday, eight states have recorded more than 40 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days. Two of those, Montana and Wisconsin, are run by Democrats, and the six others are led by Republicans. In states that have recorded 25 to 40.0 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, . Eight of those are run by a Republican governor and five by Democrats.
Biden claimed that the fastest growing industries are solar energy and wind energy:
The says that wind energy is indeed the fastest growing sector, followed by nursing jobs and solar energy jobs.
Trump once again claimed that “the fumes coming up to make these massive windmills is more than anything that we are talking about with natural gas, which is very clean.”
In fact, wind power’s carbon footprint is the smallest of any energy source just behind nuclear energy, according to a study by the University of Texas which shows that the footprint of natural gas is more than
Trump has been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, ever since he took office. During the debate, he claimed that under Biden’s plan 180 million people would lose their private health care plans.
This is misleading. Biden’s plan wouldn’t end private insurance options. He intends to create a public program for those who want to get government health insurance and at the same time allow those with private insurance to retain them.
In 2018, 218 million people were covered by a private health-care insurance plan, while 111 million had taken out a public option.
Biden claimed that not one person lost the health insurance under This is false.
When Obamacare took effect in 2014, 5.9 million people lost individual health insurance plans, according to a study by the The flipside of the coin is that over 22 million Americans have health insurance through the ACA.
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