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Updates and reaction from the first presidential debate

Trump, Biden not supportive of defunding the police
Posted at 8:51 PM, Sep 29, 2020

(WXYZ) — President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden face off in their first debate ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Follow along as we bring you by-the-minute updates with reactions for this historical debate.

9:06 p.m.
Moderator asks Trump and Biden about the Supreme Court nominee to begin tonight's debate, asking them both where Amy Coney Barrett would take the court.

Biden states that the decision isn't appropriate to be made before the election. Additionally, Biden says that Barrett supports that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, which if struck down would fundamentally change women's rights, he said.

9:15 p.m.
Moderator asks what's President Trump's comprehensive health care plan after pushing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump referred to cutting drug prices to reduce prices by 80/90 percent. The president's recent executive order on preexisting conditions was also briefly mentioned in regard to the Trump Administration's health care plan.

9:22 p.m.
Moderator discusses coronavirus. Why should the American people trust you more than your opponent to deal with this?

Biden points to 200, 000 now dead from the virus. "The president has no plan. He hasn't laid out anything," Biden said.

"We should be providing all the protective gear possible... and fund what needs to be done to save lives," Biden added.

Trump points to his decision to close the country's border to China, gaining praise from across the aisle, he said.

While defending his response, Trump claimed that the Obama Administration did poorly during the swine flu outbreak in comparison.

9:32 p.m.
Still on the coronavirus:
On reopenings – Biden says he's more reluctant because of safety precautions for schools and businesses

Trump says he wants to keep the country open because we've since learned more about the virus and how it affects those most vulnerable.

"More people will be hurt," Trump said if the country remains closed. He adds that keeping the country closed is a "political thing" so that the country remains shut down until after the election.

9:37 p.m.
Economy recovering faster than expected from the pandemic. What does that mean to Americans?

Trump says the country is coming back and remaining shut down will hurt more than help, adding that people will know how to manage with the country fully reopened by wearing masks when necessary and social distancing.

Biden talked about the casualties of this pandemic, and how fully reopening the country would put more people like frontline workers in danger.

"You can't fix the economy until you fix the covid crisis," Biden added.

9:43 p.m.
In response to the recent New York Times investigation the reported that Trump paid $750 in taxes in 2017, the president claims that he actually paid millions of dollars in federal income taxes and he'll show the report when it's complete.

9:54 p.m.
On the African American vote: The moderator asks why should voters trust you over the opponent to address race relations in the country.

Biden said it's about equity, not only equality. He brings up how Trump said there were "fine people" referring to the Charlottesville protests.

"You've got to look at what he did, and what he did is doing," Biden said of Trump.

Trump points to Biden's crime bill referring to African Americans as "super predators."

On racism in the country: Biden says there's systemic injustice in this country, but that the vast majority of police officers are good and decent. But the bad apples have to be held accountable.

Trump said people are being taught to hate the country. He mentions the destruction of property and some instances of violence during recent protests.

10:03 p.m.
Trump points to an increase in violence in Democratic-run cities. The moderator asks if this is really a political issue because violence, in general, has increased, even in Republican-run cities.

10:06 p.m.
Biden said he's totally against defunding local police, adding that they need more assistance. Said community policing is needed.

Trump challenges that saying that no law enforcement group has come out in support of Biden because he is for defunding the police.

10:08 p.m.
Biden said protesting violence should be prosecuted.

10:10 p.m.
Trump said he's willing to condemn white supremacists as long as someone does something about Antifa and the "left."

10:12 p.m.
On why the American people should vote for either candidate:

"There's never been an administration or president that's done more than I've done in these last three-and-a-half years," Trump said.

"Under this president we've become weaker, sicker, more poor and violent," Biden said.

10:15 p.m.
On climate change:

10:27 p.m.
On how will they assure people the election will be legitimate. Biden says Trump is trying to scare people into thinking the election won't be legitimate

Biden said he'll accept whether he wins or losses.

Trump says Hillary's campaign didn't allow a transition when he won in 2016. He adds that ballots are a disaster. Said there's fraud, and that the decision likely won't be made for months.