Supreme and Covid-19 at the center of the first debate between Biden and Trump

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Dand according to the indications of the Presidential Debate Committee, a non-party organization, the central topics of the dispute will be the Supreme Court, the covid-19, the state of the economy, racial issues and violence in cities, the integrity of the electoral process and the political background of both.

These points were chosen by the pivot Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who will moderate the discussion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

These are issues that are on the agenda and that experts believe should be decisive in the presidential election of November, especially among the independent and undecided.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump appointed Conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by the death of progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court, an appointment that will have to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.

The issue is controversial because, in 2016, the same Senate prevented the then president Barack Obama to appoint Merrick Garland to the place of Antonin Scalia, in the Supreme Court, for more than nine months.

With regard to pandemic of covid-19, the United States remains the most affected by the disease, totaling 7.14 million infected and 204,000 dead, according to Johns Hopkins Medical University accounts.

The health crisis and the various stages of confinement had profound effects on the economy, with the number of unemployed approaching 30 million by the end of August.

However, street protests over the deaths of African Americans at the hands of the police continue in several cities, four months after the outbreak of demonstrations when George Floyd was asphyxiated by Derek Chauvin.

The first debate, which takes place at dawn at Portuguese time, will take place when millions of Americans have already received ballot papers by mail and have had the opportunity to vote by correspondence or in person, in a mass movement of early voting.

The postal vote, strengthened in this electoral cycle because of pandemic of covid-19, has been the target of criticism by President Donald Trump and motivated legal clashes between Democrats and Republicans, who want to restrict its use in dozens of states.

With the president raising suspicions about potential fraud in the postal vote, the integrity of the electoral process will be one of the most important topics of the night of debate.

According to the average of national surveys, calculated by the platform FiveThirtyEight, Joe Biden (50.1% of voting intentions) has a seven point advantage over Donald Trump (43.2%).

This meeting between the two candidates will be replicated in two more debates, one to 15 October in Miami, Florida, and the final clash on 22 October, em Nashville, Tennessee.

In the middle, on 07 October, vice president candidates – Mike Pence on the Republican side and Kamala Harris for the Democrats – will meet in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Although the pandemic of covid-19 has forced significant changes in campaigns, with a focus on virtual events and the call to vote by phone, the debates planned between the candidates will take place in person and broadcast live.

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