Politics is conflict. Politicians governing as a body will spar, each side advocating what they believe their constituents want. While the participants in Tuesday night’s presidential debate might appear more contentious than previous debates, the goal is the same: election.
During the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the latter actually told the former to “shut up,” while moderator Chris Wallace behaved like Biden’s partner.
At one point, President Trump said, “I guess I’m debating you, not him.”
Each side has its “winner,” and the event likely won’t shift voters to a significant degree. President Trump’s supporters will vote for him even if he’d crashed and burned in this debate, which he didn’t. Did Biden? There were times that many (on Twitter, at least) wished the president hadn’t interrupted Biden and allowed him to ramble.
As the president noted, Biden has been a politician for 47 years. He’d certainly have more power as president, but why hasn’t he helped the “middle class” in all that time, as he promised he would as president?
Here’s the debate in its entirety.