Did the Biden-Trump Debate Change the Race? [OPINION]
COVID-19 is a factor in the 2020 campaign in multiple ways. Not only is it an issue, but it is also a factor in the turnout of voters. And our president is a survivor.
President Donald J. Trump is like President Franklin D. Roosevelt in many ways. Both were attacked by the leading killer virus of their era and they survived it and inspired the nation. If you looked at the two candidates on stage in this last debate, who would you think had just gotten out of the hospital? Trump was tanned, calm, and focused. Biden was pale and stumbled over his words. Biden also made serious errors during the 90-minute conversation.
The people who have already voted might wish they had a do-over after learning about the allegations of corruption involving Hunter Biden, the son of the former Vice President, and other members of the extended Biden family.
Joe Biden attempted to explain away the millions of dollars his family took in while he was a U.S. Senator and then Obama's vice president. He also attempted to spread the debunked conspiracy theory that his son is a victim of a Russian disinformation campaign. He looked like a guy who has spent way too much time in his basement reading left-wing conspiracy websites that suit his worldview.
Donald Trump seemed measured and in command as he talked about his accomplishments on illegal immigration, energy independence, and foreign policy.
The most bizarre moment in the debate was Biden's claim the United States "had a good relationship with Hitler until he invaded the rest of Europe." He doesn't know the basic history but he might be remembered as the only presidential candidate to praise the leader of the white supremacist Nazi party in the history of American debates.
I tend to think everyone has made up their mind at this point. But if you were on the fence, you are likely voting to re-elect President Donald J. Trump.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.