One of the most exciting and interesting aspects of any US presidential election is the televised debates, and the 2020 election is sure to throw up some fireworks. As incumbent President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden go head-to-head, it’s Biden who currently holds the slightest advantage in the 2020 US presidential election odds, but that could all change depending on how the debates go down.
There are currently three debates scheduled, on September 29th, October 15th and October 22nd respectively. They offer the chance for both Trump and Biden to voice their opinions on the biggest issues affecting the United States at the moment, and outline their plans and policies geared towards tackling those issues.
With the first debate just a couple of weeks away, we’ve had a look at three of the biggest talking points in US politics at the moment. These are the issues that members of the public will be eager to hear talked about when they tune in to watch the debates, and each candidate’s views will greatly impact the result of the election. Here are three issues we feel must be discussed during the debates.
The most obvious talking point ahead of the 2020 election is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and what each candidate will do to help bring the US clear of the virus and restore more normality to everyday life. Covid-19 has had a major impact on the US, with the country holding the highest death toll in the world from the virus.
There has been a lot of pain inflicted by the impact of the virus, with families suffering losses of loved ones, and many Americans losing jobs and income. It will be important for both Trump and Biden to outline how they will help the country recover from the emotional impact of a disease which came out of nowhere.
Racism and Equality
Another major issue is that of equality within society, a debate sparked anew by the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, back in May. That led to mass protests not just in the US, but across the world, as the Black Lives Matter movement gained more momentum.
The challenge for Trump and Biden is to address the problems America has with equality, and make it clear in the debates that this issue is one of their top priorities. Trump has come under scrutiny for his comments in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests, so it may be that Biden will see this as an area where he can instil more confidence in the public.
The US economy has taken a hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and so there will be pressure on whoever wins the election to restore jobs and security to millions of Americans. Trump has long boasted of the jobs created in the US since he was first elected in 2016, and he will have to repeat the trick if he is to help the economy recover.
Biden will similarly need to prove that he has a plan of action for getting the economy moving again, and it will be interesting to see how Biden handles the topics that Trump claims are his own key strengths.