Saturday 11/28/20
US CAMPAIGN

Trump and Biden to face off in final presidential debate

The president has repeatedly attacked the debates commission, characterizing the event as unfair and accusing the moderator of favouring Biden.

Anti Trump activists and Joe Biden supporters take part in a recent protest in Miami. Photo: Adam Delgiudice/dpa.
Anti Trump activists and Joe Biden supporters take part in a recent protest in Miami. Photo: Adam Delgiudice/dpa.

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden plan to square off on Thursday in their final debate before the November 3 election.

The televised duel will take place from 9-10:30 pm (local time) in Nashville, Tennessee.

The commission responsible for organizing the debates has changed the rules for the last match-up, muting one candidate's microphone so the other has two minutes of uninterrupted time to initially answer the moderator's questions.

The remainder of each 15-minute segment will be open discussion.

Organizers hope the new rule will prevent the chaos and frequent interruptions that marked the first presidential debate last month.

Trump comes into the final debate trailing Biden in the polls.

The president has repeatedly attacked the debates commission, characterizing the event as unfair and accusing moderator Kristen Welker of favouring Biden.

National security, coronavirus

The NBC News reporter has chosen to discuss topics including climate change, national security and the coronavirus.

Trump has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic, which has resulted in more than 221,600 US deaths.

Biden could face questions about his son's past business dealings as Republicans have leveled unverified corruption allegations against him.

The second presidential debate, which was meant to take place last week, was cancelled after Trump declined to participate when it was moved to a remote format due to his coronavirus diagnosis.

Although millions of people have already cast their ballots in early voting, the debate could still change some voters' minds.

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