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Debate Takeaways: Stark differences between Biden & Trump during the debate in Cincinnati Ohio



WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio.


The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance. All of that was evident from the outset on the Cleveland stage.

Here are key early takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3.


POTUS INTERUPTUS

Trump has been itching to attack Biden for months, and he wasted no time going on offense. He repeatedly interrupted Biden mid-sentence, sometimes in intensely personal ways.

“There’s nothing smart about you,” Trump said of Biden. “47 years you’ve done nothing.”

While Trump played into his reputation as a bully, it may have been effective at breaking up the worst of Biden’s attacks — simply by talking over them.

Trump aides believed before the debate that Biden would be unable to withstand the withering offensive on style and substance from Trump, but Biden came with a few retorts of his own, calling Trump a “clown” and mocking Trump’s style by asking,

“Will you shut up, man?”

His supporters may have been cheered by Trump’s frontal nature. Whether undecided voters, who watched the debate to try to learn about the two candidates, were impressed is another matter.



TRUMP CAN’T ESCAPE THE VIRUS