PHOTOS: 2020 presidential debates

October 22, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, met Thursday night for the final presidential debate of the 2020 election.

The debate, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, was a final chance for each man to make his case to a television audience of tens of millions of voters.

With less than two weeks until the election, Trump sought to portray himself as the same outsider he first pitched to voters four years ago, repeatedly saying he wasn’t a politician. Biden, meanwhile, argued that Trump was an incompetent leader of a country facing multiple crises and tried to connect what he saw as the president’s failures to the everyday lives of Americans. Read more about the third debate.

In an effort to curtail interruptions this time, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Trump and Biden would each have his microphone cut off while his rival delivers an opening two-minute answer to each of six debate topics.

The second debate, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 15, did not take place, as Trump, who had tested positive for the coronavirus after the first debate on Sept. 29. and spent several days in the hospital, did not want to participate in a virtual debate. Instead the two candidates held separate televised town halls on the same night.

See photos of the debates and town halls.


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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walk on stage during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
President Donald Trump speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)
Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News asks a question during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Preparations take place for the second Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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