(WXYZ) — President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden face off in the final presidential debate ahead of the Nov. 3 election, which will take place in less than two weeks.
This is the first debate that will implement a mute rule while the participants deliver their two-minute introduction.
Follow along below as we bring you by-the-minute updates with reactions for this historical debate.
Moderator Kristen Welker, an NBC News Correspondent, kicked off the debate with a question about the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump is the first to respond with two-minutes, uninterrupted. He discussed how America closed to China, and that a vaccine will be announced "within weeks," adding that the military will distribute it. He talks about his infection with the illness, claiming that he's been told that he's now immune to the virus.
"It will go away. We're rounding the corner," Trump said.
For Joe Biden's response, he leads with the number of deaths due to covid, saying, "220,000 Americans dead... Anybody responsible for that many deaths should not remain the president of the United States."
Joe Biden on COVID-19: “220,000 Americans dead. If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this … anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.” https://t.co/zkoTdi6727 #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/i58mcliC8z— ABC News (@ABC) October 23, 2020
He said that if he's president, he'll have a nationwide mask mandate, and other efforts put in place to aggressively respond to the virus.
The moderator followed up Trump's comments about a vaccine coming "within weeks." However, President Trump adjusted those comments saying by the end of the year he expects there will be a vaccine.
Trump says he saved 2.2 million lives based on research. But that's not what the research says. Mostly False https://t.co/fSD6ncMnuI— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 23, 2020
"Were learning to live with it. We have no choice. We can't lock ourselves up in a basement," Trump said in response to a more aggressive approach to closures due to the pandemic.
"We have to recover," Trump said. "We can't close up our nation or else we won't have a nation."
Joe Biden said that there needs to be a standard. Not completely closing the nation, but more safety measures in place until the spread of the virus is slowed. Measures such as contact tracing, more testing, using safety Plexiglas dividers in classrooms for example.
Trump says he wants to open the schools and says the transmission rate to teachers is small. He also says that jobs have been lost due to closures due to the pandemic.
National security as it relates to outside influences on the American election.
Biden says no matter who it is that interferes, they will pay a price. This comes after the FBI announced that Iran and Russia had interfered with the current election by accessing voter information.
On the North Korea - U.S. relationship:
Trump says he has a very good relationship with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But Biden refers to Jong-un as a "thug," adding that the only way he would meet with the North Korean leader is if he pulls back on nuclear threats.
Biden: “This isn’t about my family or his family. It’s about your family … if you’re a middle class family, your family is hurting badly.”— ABC News (@ABC) October 23, 2020
Trump: “That’s a typical political statement. Let’s get off this China thing … I’m not a typical politician.” https://t.co/HR9MFfjFDv pic.twitter.com/ei0DctO7BJ
On health care:
Biden says the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration says Trump's tax deferral plan would bankrupt Social Security by 2023. Mostly False. The discussion was more hypothetical than tied to a specific plan. https://t.co/FoJO8T09ZI #debates2020— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 23, 2020
“What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option, it becomes Bidencare,” Joe Biden says when asked what his health care plan is if the Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. https://t.co/RMmfaGhNHx #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/uB92c5UPnP— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) October 23, 2020
On children separated from their families at the border.
"We let people in but they have to come in legally," Trump said.
On reuniting children, Trump says he plans to ut that the children came he on "coyotes" and with drug cartel members.
Biden challenged that saying these children came over with their parents, and that the nation is a laughing stock because of the status of families separated at the border and placed in camps.
Biden called it "criminal," while Trump says they're well taken care of and that the facilities are "so clean."
No, Donald Trump’s separation of immigrant families was not Barack Obama’s policy: https://t.co/HN6pgubKPV— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 23, 2020
Trump says people with immigration cases don't show up for court. Biden says that's wrong. Biden is right. Around 60-75% of non-detained migrants attended their immigration court proceedings: https://t.co/ZkSrzesDBl— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 23, 2020
On race in America:
Biden responds saying that he has never had to give his white children "The Talk" regarding race relations in America. He says he's never had to tell his children how to respond to police, or in other situations that people of color must consider when in these situations.
Trump brought up the 1994 crime bill, saying that Biden hurt the Black community with that bill, while claiming he has done the most for Black families as president.
On climate change: