Updated 5:51 PM ET, Fri, October 30, 2020
President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, squared off in their first presidential debate on Tuesday night.
The 90-minute debate took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and focused on six topics, each taking about 15 minutes: “The Trump and Biden Records”, “The Supreme Court”, “Covid-19” , “The Economy”, “Race and Violence in Our Cities” and “The Integrity of the Election”.
The moderator was Chris Wallace of Fox News, and the Commission on Presidential Debates said he picked the questions alone. Wallace had his hands full on Tuesday night as the debate often devolved into shouting, rancor and cross talk that sometimes made it impossible to follow what either candidate was talking about.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump and Biden did not shake hands. There was also a much smaller than usual in-person audience, and everyone in attendance had to take a Covid-19 test and follow other safety protocols.