U.S. President and Republican candidate in the November 3 elections Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden will hold the first of three preelection debates in Cleveland, in the key state of Ohio, on Tuesday. It will be the first time the two will see each other’s faces personally during the campaign, and the two will arrive under considerable pressure, so a rough encounter full of harsh attacks is expected, which could easily enter the personal arena.
On the table will be, first, the 205,000 deaths and 7.1 million cases already left by the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The federal government’s management of the most devastating crisis in recent US history will be one of the central elements of the debate, which will also deal with the anti-racist protests that have been tearing the nation apart for months, and the violence in several cities during demonstrations against police brutality.
The uncertain situation of the economy (hard hit by the pandemic), the questioned “integrity” of the elections as a result of the latest polemics over postal voting, and the no less controversial renewal of the Supreme Court (key to vital issues like the Obamacare health system), after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, complete the planned topics, along with a block on the political history of both candidates.
One of the extra balls will be, almost certainly, the scandal around Trump’s taxes, after the information bomb launched just this Sunday by The New York Times, when it was revealed that the magnate accumulates millions of dollars in debt, or that in 2016 and 2017 he only paid $750 to the treasury.
It will be a debate, in any case, in which there will be no lack of throwing material. And the two candidates have shown themselves willing to use it.