Trump and Biden to clash in debates
Donald Trump and Joe Biden faced each other in the first presidential debate on Tuesday night.
In a bad-tempered and at times chaotic debate, the candidates ripped chunks out of each other on their records and issues such as the economy and race.
Mr Trump was rebuked several times by Chris Wallace, the moderator, for speaking over his opponent. At one point, after incessant interruptions from the president, Mr Biden said: “Will you shut up, man?”
Presidential debates are a political version of gladiatorial combat and they have, in the past, turned elections.
There are three debates before each election. The first debate in 2016 was watched by a record 84 million people on TV.
That doesn’t include the millions who watched on Facebook, YouTube, and other online venues, or at parties and bars.
For many it was the only time they listened to the candidates speak at length.
Four years ago the polls showed it was reasonably close between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton with neither delivering a knockout blow. This time Mr Trump sees a chance to obliterate his deficit in the polls in a single evening.
Read more: Who won the first election debate?
Trump approval static at around 40 per cent
Donald Trump’s presidential approval ratings are at steady levels, according to the Telegraph’s poll tracker.
The tracker, which takes an average of the last eight polls, put Mr Trump’s approval rating at around 44 per cent, while 54 per cent disapprove of the way the President is doing his job.
The President’s approval ratings had recovered slightly recently, after experiencing a “rally around the flag” effect with Americans backing the Government to handle the coronavirus crisis.
The period since Donald Trump’s election has been packed with controversy and intrigue but, underneath it all, few people seem to have really changed their minds about America’s 45th President.