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Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered starkly different visions for combating the coronavirus pandemic during Thursday night’s final presidential debate in Nashville – perhaps the last chance for the president to shift the dynamics of a race that increasingly favors his Democratic opponent with less than two weeks until election day.
The evening in Nashville began relatively calmly, with the rivals making their closing arguments to the nation amid a pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected millions more, including the president. In part due to the pandemic, more than 40 million Americans have already cast their ballot, shattering records and leaving Trump an increasingly narrow window to reset the debate:
The US presidential debate ended a few minutes ago.
The final question of the night, posed to both nominees, was what message they would offer on Inauguration Day to Americans who did not vote for them.
Trump emphasized the need to rebuild the US economy, which has suffered greatly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to make our country totally successfully as it was prior to the plague coming in from China,” Trump said.
Biden responded by once again assuring the nation that he would be the president of both Democrats and Republicans.
“I’m an American president. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me, and I’m going to make sure that you’re represented,” Biden said.
Reiterating a line that he has said many times on the campaign trail, Biden told Americans, “I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to move. We’re going to choose science over fiction; we’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities, enormous opportunities to make things better.”
With that, the final presidential debate came to a close. All that’s left now is for Americans to vote — and again, more than 48 million Americans already have.