President Donald Trump has vowed to hold a vigorous final debate against Democratic challenger Joe Biden for less than two weeks in his eventful battle for the White House on Thursday.
The pair’s final televised performance turned into a gruesome confrontation of interruptions and name calling, prompting organizers to begin muting the mic to try and cut civilian audio this time around.
The debate in the southern city of Nashville has raised fears in the deeply polarized and tense United States of the shooting that begins in the November 3 election, fearing the results could spark legal battles and more protests.
Trump has stepped up his attacks on Biden, who is leading the national election race, as he fights to stand in the White House after four years.
To reduce the blockages that marked the final debate, candidates should answer the moderator’s questions for the two minutes, with only their microphone live.
“I think Maute is very unfair and I think it is very bad,” Trump said this week, arguing that debate moderator Kristen Welker is a “radical Democrat”.
Biden, 77, held no public events for the third day in a row on Wednesday because Trump, 74, held multiple rallies a day.
Barack Obama hesitated for his former vice president on Wednesday, urging Democrats not to appear politely led by Biden in the election.
He issued a Stark reminder from 2016, when polls showed Hillary Clinton as the favorite – only to have her and her supporters shocked by Trump’s election day victory.
– ‘Not for the moment’ –
The former two-term president said at a drive-through rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of the few states on the battlefield, to decide the election: “We cannot be complacent. . “
“The last time there was a whole series of elections. It did not work. Because a whole group of people stayed at home. And became lazy and courteous. Not this time. Not in this election. ”
He told his supporters that Trump was on the line for the nation for four more years, seeking a contrast to his successor – a real estate mogul and ex-reality TV star – Biden.
“And the rest of us had to live with the consequences, being unable to take the job seriously.”
Coronoviruses have killed more than 220,000 people in the United States and seriously injured the world’s largest economy, sparking fierce criticism of the president’s handling of the crisis.
While Obama was in Pennsylvania, Trump traveled to North Carolina, which was in other states on the battlefield, because he wanted to regain the excitement of four years earlier.
Trump’s message is to tell Americans that the coronovirus outbreak is all but over and that the business relationship of Biden’s son, Hunter, was under attack while his father was vice president.
A Quinnipiac University poll of potential voters released Wednesday gave Biden a 51-43 lead in Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 by a narrow margin.
Trump leaves Biden in the national election, and another Quinnipiac poll posed potential problems for his re-election hopes.
The election also saw the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in Texas in the scorching heat of 47-47, a state that Trump won four years ago by nine points and had not voted for the Democrats since. Jimmy Carter in 1976.
More than 40 million Americans have already voted in 2016, according to the US Election Project at the University of Florida.