Trump vs. Biden. Second debate turns into rival events and becomes war of audiences


US President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden will respond this Thursday night (early Friday morning in Lisbon) to questions from undecided voters live. But, contrary to what was predicted, they will not be the same voters nor will it be during a debate. The head-to-head fell apart and now there will be rival events at the same time. Who will win the war of audiences?

Trump’s diagnosis of covid-19 just days after the first debate with Biden jeopardized their second duel. The plans for the debate suffered a setback last week when the president – who has now recovered – declined to do so virtually, with each candidate in a different location to prevent transmission of the virus.

The debate was then canceled by the organizers, but neither candidate wanted to miss the opportunity to speak at the prime-time (the time of greatest audience) to the Americans – the first debate was seen by at least 73 million people on the 16 channels that broadcast it (and that number does not include those who saw on mobile phones or heard over the radio).

Thus, each will answer the questions of undecided voters, the assembly style (town hall, in English), at the same time (20.00 on the East Coast, 01.00 on Friday in Lisbon) but on different television stations. The event with Biden is expected to last two hours (which includes at least 30 minutes of debate after the town hall), while Trump’s only one (any analysis of the season will be later).

Biden will be in Philadelphia at an outdoor event at the National Constitution Center, broadcast by ABC and moderated by George Stephanopoulos. Barack Obama’s former vice president has always tested negative for covid-19.

Trump will be in Miami (the city where the second debate should have taken place), also outdoors at the PĂ©rez Art Museum, in a town hall transmitted by NBC.


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