I bit the bullet and watched the entire debate in full. It was remarkably different from the last one. Biden came off as an empty suit – and angry empty suit, but empty nonetheless. I think the difference on COVID response is stark. My experience with being out in public (I’ve been in 6 or 7 states and multiple cities over the last couple of months) is that people are generally tuning out the politicians and going about their lives. They are wearing masks when seemingly appropriate, keeping distance, washing hands, etc., but getting back to work and life. Specifically in Wisconsin, I’ve been out to 4 or 5 restaurants since the 25% order was implemented and 0% are complying… and nobody cares. Trump has his finger on the public pulse. People don’t want to shut down again and if the politicians try, the people will shrug it off.
In individual closing argument to voters, they offered starkly different visions for the nation on everything from shutting down the country to tackle coronavirus, to shutting down the fossil fuel industry to confront climate change.
Nowhere was the distinction between the two candidates more apparent than in their approach to the pandemic.
Asked about his support for more lockdowns if the scientists recommended it, Mr Biden, a Democrat, did not rule it out.
But Mr Trump, a Republican, said it was wrong to inflict further damage on the economy because of an infection from which most people recover.
“This is a massive country with a massive economy,” said the president. “People are losing their jobs, they’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level nobody’s ever seen before.”