The first, long-awaited debate between President Donald Trump and contender Joe Biden is just hours away. This is one of the last chances for the president to turn the campaign in which he is currently being tracked, just five weeks before the vote. To help you decipher the stories of who won and what that means, Meanwhile in America has compiled a guide to watching a pre-game – read it below:
This is the first of three presidential debates. Expect to see the biggest audience and the biggest pressure come together in the first 40 minutes on Tuesday – opinions about the candidates will be formed early, before the viewers start to move away and the contenders get into quarrels. A strong start for Biden, who wants to reassure voters that he is fit and ready to serve, could be a crucial development in the campaign.
The president is a showman and a fighter under his belt. So he is expected to try every trick in the book to get his opponent out of his game and maybe click into an angry grunt that can cause anxiety about temperament. Expect Trump to focus on the deals of Biden Hunter̵
7;s son in Ukraine (see facts here) and blame the former vice president, a state in Washington, for everything that has gone wrong over the past 50 years. But Biden leads, and if he manages to keep his cool, the White House is emerging.
The game of expectations
Expectations are key to the debate. In general, rivals talk to each other in the hope that the stumbling block will be exaggerated. But the 74-year-old Trump spent months blowing up his 77-year-old enemy as a fraud, so even an average testimony from the former vice president could bring out the tape. And an uncharacteristic Trump show tonight could confuse expectations and reassure some of his hesitant voters.
Is Trump ready?
Presidents for a first term are known for their glass jaws in debates over the re-election season. Accustomed to flattery and people telling them what they want to hear, they are not kind to someone who happens to be in their cage. There are many signs of concern for Trump fans after his poor performance in several recent interviews. But the president has spent his life fighting dirt, and maybe he’s fine.
What is the truth?
If the previous form is a landmark, almost everything you hear from Trump will not be true. He is likely to misrepresent his performance during the pandemic, obscure the New York Times’ revelations about his taxes, and accuse Biden of all sorts of things he never said or did. If debate moderator Chris Wallace or the Democratic nominee himself spends the evening checking the president’s facts, they won’t have time for anything else. But letting it all slide would mean letting Trump get away with rhetorical theft.
Every candidate is looking for a crushing download that can crystallize the election season with one phrase. Ronald Reagan immersed himself in his show business in each of his presidential elections to come up with rhetorical haymakers who wounded Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. Most often, the finished lines are found to be forced, but both Biden and Trump have a history of inventing devastating zingers and will be looking for a knockout blow.
Feeling of pain
It will be a long night for those who complain that modern politics is entirely a person, not politics. While we will hear about climate change, deteriorating relations with China and healthcare, wearing will be dominated by the way each candidate has behaved and built a relationship with the public. That’s not a bad thing – after all, the ability to show empathy in a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans must be a requirement for the job. Americans not only choose a mill for politics, but also choose a head of state and an avatar of national sentiment.
The winner may not be the winner
By the end of the night, everyone will want to know who won. But it’s not that simple. It often takes a few days to merge conventional wisdom and voter opinion, as the debate is reproduced when bitten by TV sounds, swallowed by experts, and broadcast through a cultural film in shows such as “Saturday Night Live.” And debates are often not a great indicator of who wins the election. Al Gore, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have probably won their respective presidential debates. But George W. Bush (twice) and Donald Trump eventually became president.