Moderator Chris Wallace calls debate a 'terrible missed opportunity'
Trump’s performance helped Biden achieve a fundraising record in the one hour after the debate, as well as a 24-hour fundraising record the next day.
Joe Biden experiences record fundraising after presidential debate
With more than 22 million votes already cast, Trump cannot afford another poor debate performance. Thursday’s faceoff in Nashville represents a huge opportunity for Trump to generate some momentum. There will be no moment before Election Day in which more persuadable voters are paying attention to the Republican president’s message.
Biden’s lead in the national polls appears to be as strong as ever, but his advantage in some battleground states, including Florida, which began early voting Monday, is narrowing. Trump is also raising persistent questions about the 77-year-old former vice president’s age and mental health, and Biden cannot afford to have a “senior moment” or anything like it on the biggest political stage of his life.
Trump and Biden to be muted for parts of next debate
The two campaigns spent this past weekend on markedly different schedules. On Saturday, Biden made no appearances, virtual or otherwise, while Trump campaigned in Michigan and Wisconsin and finished his day in Nevada. Only two more Saturdays remain before Election Day.
Trump is drawing huge crowds reminiscent of 2016′s final days, and Biden is sticking to his cautious approach with small events focused more on adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing recommendations.
Two weeks before Election Day, coronavirus infections are surging to their highest levels since July. At least 10 states reported their highest single-day number of infections over the weekend, and some health experts are predicting the possibility of 100,000 daily U.S. infections soon.
Whether Trump wins or loses, his struggle to manage his campaign finances is a major factor shaping the election’s final stretch. During the next two weeks, Trump and his allies focused on the presidential election are being outspent on political advertising $70.7 million to the Democrats' $141.3 million, according to the media tracking firm Kantar/CMAG.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided that the Oct. 15 debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will not be held in person.
Facing a cash shortfall, Trump has largely retreated from TV advertising in the Midwest, shifting much of his campaign’s advertising investments to states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Fears of complacency prompted Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon to issue a memo over the weekend reminding would-be supporters of similar dynamics that shaped the final weeks of the 2016 election.
“The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest,” O’Malley Dillon wrote. “If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal.”