How has Joe Biden fared on the Truth-O-Meter?

Lawrence Kim
October 1, 2020

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden released his tax returns for the last four years Tuesday just hours before he debates US President Donald Trump, who faces criticism for paying nearly no federal tax.

This is the first of three presidential debates.

Fox News host Chris Wallace will moderate the conversation, which will air without commercial breaks on every major U.S. television network in addition to being livestreamed worldwide.

Tuesday's debate will run from 9 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. (0100 GMT to 0230 GMT).

The 90-minute event will be split up into six 15-minute segments and there will be no commercial interruption.

The debate will be divided into six segments: the records of Mr Trump and Mr Biden, the Supreme Court, the pandemic, the economy, election integrity and "race and violence" in United States cities.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden speaks to reporters after delivering a speech at the Queen Theater, in Wilmington, Del., on September 27, 2020.

The conspiracy theory exploded on Twitter shortly after noon, when a tweet by New York Post reporter Ebony Bowden, citing a single anonymous source, claimed that Biden had agreed to some sort of ear inspection weeks ago before backing out Tuesday. This disclosure is extremely important, since the issue of Trump's tax declarations was at the center of a fierce battle, after the Republican president abandoned the presidential traditions adopted since the 1970s by refusing to publish his tax revenues, unlike all of his predecessors.

In his first formal debate since taking office, Trump has a lot to answer for.

The president drew a lecture from Wallace, who pleaded with both men to stop interrupting.

The New York Times reported that the billionaire president paid only $ 750 in income taxes in 2016, the same year he won the presidential election.

Nielsen reported the 2016 presidential debates averaged 84 million viewers, but 2020 is expected to blow that number out of the water. I will say, we have an extremely polarized electorate.

Heading into the debate, Biden's team was advising him to avoid messy confrontations and fact checking Trump in real time to avoid getting pulled into the mud with a president who loves getting dirty.

"We're not going to punish anybody", he said in a conversation with several MI steelworkers. Again, though, I think what Trump is going to be laser-focused on is trying to get Joe Biden to lose his temper and to try to get him rattled and to try to get him, you know, doing some of the things that, frankly, we've seen him do in other public engagements.

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