The Second Debate: Let the Wrangling Resume


Win McNamee

Much like the first meeting, the long awaited second debate is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Max Williams, Staff Writer

After the debate was postponed due to President Donald Trump’s tussle with COVID-19, the two presidential candidates are ready to go at it again for a most entertaining sequel and grand finale of their arguments.

After much anticipation and a lengthened time period in between debates, most Americans cannot wait to watch the second presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden taking place on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

This was not always meant to be the case. After President Trump’s run in with COVID-19, the second debate was originally meant to be held on October 15 virtually. This became a problem when President Trump declined to participate in the virtual event, thus forcing the whole ordeal to be pushed back. He shared all of this and more in a recent interview with Fox News.

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate, that’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want,” President Trump said.

While the coronavirus has been a nuisance in this situation, similar to many other events this year, citizens are still excited to hear what the candidates have to say. Whether you care about their policies or not, the argumentative attitudes from the two men are sure to be a spectacle at the very least.

The excitement truly does ramp up once the two have begun to interrupt and talk over each other, as seen in the first debate which took place on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. All viewers were able to see some truly ruthless blows fired from both sides in this first debate, and while new rules may be put into place for the second, there will definitely be more cutthroat arguments.

Of course, those who are more concerned about the topics and personal policies of the two candidates are also in for a treat. During the first debate, moderator Chris Wallace made sure to highlight many majors including the economy, violence in major cities, issues of race, the integrity of the election, the Supreme Court and COVID-19. The next moderator, Kristen Welker, may try to introduce some new topics to spice things up a bit.

The COVID-19 virus will certainly be a hot topic during the next debate. While it’s constantly relevant in this day and age, Biden will especially be looking to use the fact that President Trump recently contracted the virus to his advantage. In the first debate, we already saw Biden question the course of action taken by the President in response to the virus over the course of 2020 multiple times, and the fact that he is recently recovering will play a major role in the discussion.

On top of this, all of the buzz around Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will draw a great deal of attention during the debate for the second time in a row. Clearly she has the approval of current President Trump, but Biden might have other ideas in mind. Be on the lookout for a lengthy discussion regarding this topic.

The debate should be a thrilling last hurrah for both candidates, as they try to gather as many voters as possible before the big day. Voting day takes place on November 3, which is approaching extremely fast. Will there be a new man in the White House, or will there be a familiar looking face serving term number two? Make sure to tune in on October 22 to stay informed.