The most crucial Presidential Debate in recent history is in less than 24 hours
In less than 24 hours the second Presidential Debate will take place and it’s projected to have a great impact on the election, which is in less than 3 weeks from now. What should we expect this time?
The previous shouting-match between the two candidates on the 30th of September, despite being entertaining and disturbing at the same time, didn’t have a great impact in the opinion of the American people. In fact, people’s opinions before and after the debate changed minimally, which either means that they were all extremely right with their predictions or that they were all ‘stuck in their ways’ and wouldn’t admit the real winner of the debate. Let’s face it. A right wing conservative would never admit the victory of Biden in such a crucial debate and vice-versa.
From the respondents in the questions before and after the debate in a survey by the Ipsos’s KnowledgePanel, 69% of Americans believed that Trump’s performance was poor and 57% believed that his policies were ineffective or poorly presented. In the meantime, Biden had 59% of respondents supporting his performance and 56% arguing that his policies were effective. Nevertheless, the 2016 election showed us that predicting numbers can be easily false or inaccurate.
Through an objective point of view, no candidate stood out in the first debate, simply due to the fact that there was no polite dialogue between the two speakers. On the one hand, Donald Trump had some good points but he was busy interrupting Biden and urging white supremacists to “stand by”. On the other hand, Biden managed to speak to the American people and state some of the issues of the Trump administration, but his paradox of being polite but also participating in the shouting-match helped him get away without presenting his policy, which as we saw from the Vice Presidential Debate has many problems.
The debate should have been different in many ways and ultimately, should be a tool for American people to vote based on their needs. Biden should have pointed out the problems with the Trump administration and in the meantime his plan of solving them. On the other side of the table, Trump should have provided a justification for the problems, underlining the effective policies he…