Trump, Biden will meet in Nashville for final debate

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
October 22, 2020: Donald Trump and Joe Biden are participating in the second and final presidential debate of the election on Thursday night in Nashville. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on North Carolina’s deadline extension for absentee ballots.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“There are few days left to change the trajectory of the race. Trump’s best chance at this point would be to dramatically boost turnout among non-college-educated white voters in the industrial Midwest.”

– Sara Fagen, former Bush White House political director

“The Republicans have been laser-focused on growing the electorate this time. The Republicans have a better operation on the ground than anything we’ve seen since 2004.’’

– Donna Brazile, Gore presidential campaign manager

Election Updates

  • Donald Trump and Joe Biden are participating in the second and final presidential debate of the election on Thursday night in Nashville. The debate will be 90 minutes without commercial breaks. It will be divided into six, 15-minute segments on the following topics selected by moderator, NBC News’ Kristen Welker: fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership. Each candidate’s mic will be muted during the other’s opening remarks at the start of each segment. During the rest of the debate, the microphones will be on for open discussion.
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he did not vote for Trump for president. He did not identify the candidate he supported.
  • Howie Hawkins is campaigning in Nashville on Thursday.
  • Jo Jorgensen participated in the Unity Campfire series on Wednesday night.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on North Carolina’s deadline extension for absentee votes, holding that ballots could be received and counted up to nine days after the election if they were postmarked on or before November 3.

Flashback: October 22, 2016

The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project projected that Hillary Clinton had a better than 95 percent chance of winning.blank

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