DEBATE NO. 1– LIVE BLOG

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Updated: September 29, 2020 - 10:52pm

10:42 -- And so it begins.

10:41 -- "That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck. That was the worst debate I have ever seen," CNN's Jake Tapper said. 

10:40 -- CNN's Wolf Blitzer, seconds after the debate, says "I wouldn't be surprised, by the way, if this is the last presidential debate between the president of the United States and the former vice president of the Unite States, but we shall see fairly soon."

10:39 - Wallace wraps it up. "It's been an interesting debate."

10:38 -- Biden gets quiet, avuncular. "He has no idea what he's talking about." "If it's not me, I'll support it.."

10:37 -- Trump -- pretty much no. 

10:36 -- Wallace: Will you urge your supporters not to freak when the election isn't over on Election Day?

10:35 -- Wallace lose control again. Trump, Biden talking over each other.

10:31 -- "This is going to be a fraud like you've never seen." -- Trump 

10:30 -- "As far as the ballots are concerned, it's a disaster." -- Trump

10:29 -- Integrity of the election. "If we get the votes, it's all over." -- Biden

10:27 -- Biden says he doesn't support AOC's "New Green Deal."

10:26 -- Wallace added climate change. Wasn't on his list of topics.

10:25 -- Biden: Trump wanted to nuke hurricanes. "I never said that. Made up."

10:23 --  Subject now methane. These two candidate are a combine 151 years old. They produce plenty of methane. 

10:21 -- Biden: "We can got to net zero in producing jobs." 

10:20 -- Eyes glazing over. Hearing Greta Thunberg: "Shame on you!"

10:17 -- Finally, thank God, climate change. Hey, 4% of Americans say this is the most important issue!

10:16 -- Whoa. Trump says Hunter had cocaine problem. 

10:15 -- Biden talking about his war veteran son. "Not a loser -- he was not a loser."

10:13 -- Biden: "We're sicker, weaker, poorer." "When I became vice president, I fixed it."

10:11 -- Trump: Economy was good, markets were good. Then COVID-19 hit. "You can't be a good president."

10:10 -- Winding down: Wallace: Why should Americans elect you?

10:!0 -- Biden: "Antifa's an idea, not an organization."

10:07 -- "Name one law enforcement group that supports you." -- Trump -- Biden: "We don't have time."

10:04 -- "You wouldn't know a suburb unless you took a wrong turn." -- Biden "They're dying in the suburbs."

10:03 -- On to law and order.

10:02 -- Both guys amped up, talking over each other. No blood.

10:00 -- Racial sensitivity training. Biden smiling.

9:58 -- Trump: "We believe in law and order. You don't."

9:57 -- "You have treated the Black community about as badly as anyone." -- Trump

9:56 -- "This man is the savior of African Americans?" -- Biden

9:54 -- Race. 

9:53 -- "I hate to raise my voice but why should I be different than you!" -- Wallace

9:52 -- "It's hard to get any word in with this clown -- excuse me..." -- Biden

9:51 -- Wallace: "Mr. President, please stop."

9:51 -- "My son did nothing wrong." -- Biden

9:50 -- "None of that is true." -- Biden

9:50 -- Hunter Biden!

9:49 -- "I'm the guy who brought back the automotive industry." -- Biden

9:49 -- Trump talks over Biden.

9:46 -- Biden wearing huge earpieces in each ear. C'mon, man, it's a joke. But no breaks as per Biden's request. 

9:45 -- "I've done more than you in 47 months than you did in 47 years." -- Trump

9:45 -- "You're the worst president America has ever had." -- Biden

9:44 -- Trump says he paid "millions of dollars" in taxes in 2016 and 2017, not $750 as per NY Times report.

9:43 -- "Show us your tax returns." -- Biden

9:42 -- Trump's taxes.

9:42 -- "I brought back Big 10 football." -- Trump

9:41 -- Biden treading lightly -- rightly so: estimates say GDP will grow 25+% in 3rd Q. Routine talk about millionaires and billionaires. 

9:40 -- Biden talking "K" shaped recovery. Someone text me what that is. 

9:39 -- Somehow stayed on COVID. Trump wandering.

9:37 -- Onto the economy.

9:37 -- Biden: "He's a fool on this."

9:35 -- Trump: "Nobody shows up at his rallies."

9:34 - Talk about masks. Trump gets in a couple of zingers.

9:33 -- "They want to keep it shut down until after the election." -- Trump

9:33 -- "Shush for a minute." -- Biden

9:32 -- "Don't ever use the words smart with me." -- Trump. Zings Biden on his claim he went to DSU.

9:31 -- "A lot more are going to die." -- Biden

9:29 -- Wallace asks Biden if he and running mate are contributing to fear of a vaccine. Biden doesn't answer. 

9:28 -- Back and forth on a vaccine. Biden talking bleach. "That was said sarcastically," Trump says.

9:27 -- "I don't trust him" on a vaccine. -- Biden

9:26 -- "This is his economy that he shut down." -- Biden

9:25 -- If we left it up to you, Trump says, "millions would have died."

9:24 -- Biden says he had a plan in March. "Get out of the bunker," he tells Trump.

9:23 -- "The president has no plan."

9:22 -- On to COVID-19.

9:21 -- "Would you shut up, man?" "Keep yapping." -- Biden

9:20 -- Biden: "The fact is this man doesn't know what he's talking about."

9:20 -- Wallace gets control.

9:19 -- It's two-for-one night -- they're both talking at the same time.

9:19 -- "You finished last in your class." -- Trump

9:19 -- Trump: "You're the liar." 

9:19 -- "Everybody knows he's a liar" -- Biden

9:18 -- Trump interrupting A LOT. 

9:17 -- Obamacare discussion now re: SCOTUS. Biden mixes up Medicare and Medicaid.

9:16 -- "I guess I'm debating you, not him. I'm not surprised," Trump says to Wallace.

9:15 -- Trump filibustering. Wallace shuts him down. 

9:14 -- Biden looks lively, smiling a lot. 

9:14 -- Trump -- "You don't know that."

9:13 -- "Roe v. Wade is on the ballot" -- Biden.

9:12 -- "I AM the Democratic Party" -- Biden. 

9:12 -- Trump -- "You're party wants to go socialist."

9:11 -- Trump tells Biden that there aren't 100 million people with pre-existing conditions, as he stated. 

9:10 -- "The people already had their say." -- Trump

9:10 -- Biden says putting Barrett on the court would mean "women's rights would fundamentally change."

9:09 -- Biden -- "We should wait and see what the outcome of this election is."

9:08 -- Biden coughs, turns away, coughs some more, then smiles at Trump's statement that Democrats would move forward, too. 

9:07 -- First topic -- Supreme Court. Trump: "We won the election; elections have consequences."

9:06 -- "Howya' doing, man," Biden says to President Trump.

9:04 -- We're underway!

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