American media praises the calmer tone of the latest TV duel between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden. But: “The contrast in content and vision could not have been more dramatic”.
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So you can do it anyway: President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden attacked each other on the issue and personally, but this time the TV duel didn’t sink into chaos. New rules and a little more reluctance from Trump sometimes sparked a real debate. You can see clips in the video or above here. The reactions of the American press:
CNN: Trump couldn’t drastically change the race
“This was actually a real debate,” headlines the CNN channel after the game in Nashville, Tennessee. Contrary to the first debate, this time US voters would have had the opportunity to listen to and measure them against each other “without being distracted by Trump’s relentless interruptions,” CNN wrote. The president seemed to be working not to lose control. Nevertheless, in view of Trump’s achievement, the broadcaster concluded, “He failed to make the decisive turning point he needs to drastically change the price trend.”
“Dramatic contradiction in terms of content and vision”
“The debate was generally a more subdued affair than the first meeting between the two candidates,” wrote the New York Times. “But even if the tone of the discussion on Thursday was calmer, the contradiction in content and vision could not have been more dramatic.”
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“Fiery exchange of views”
The Wall Street Journal saw it the same way: “Both candidates delved deeper into political issues than when they first met.” Some issues, such as racism in the US, sparked a “fiery exchange of views”.
“Mute button was not really necessary”
Broadcaster Fox News emphasized that Trump and Biden do not interrupt each other this time. “The mute button was not really necessary.”
The liberal Danish daily Politiken (Copenhagen) notes, “In reality, the best part of the debate was that not much happened. None of the candidates failed, there were no major surprises or political bombs, so the debate is unlikely to be dynamic. and change the direction of the campaign. This is very good news for Joe Biden, who is way ahead of Trump in all polls. And very bad news for Donald Trump, who looks increasingly like a battered man. Both his rhetoric and his body language is much more defensive and his arguments and personal attacks more desperate. “