Trump’s scoffs did not seem to faze the former Vice President.

Graphic by Josh Magpantay.
Graphic by Josh Magpantay.
Graphic by Josh Magpantay.

President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden faced off Thursday night on the debate stage in Nashville for the last time before Election Day. After an unbearably chaotic first debate and a canceled second one, the two candidates made a final case to Americans for starkly different futures. While Trump spewed his familiar divisive politics about red versus blue states, Biden’s message was clear: he will be a president for every American, no matter their background or political affiliation.

Biden — who leads in national polls by an average of eight percentage points — gave a solid performance that focused on specific policy proposals to tackle health care, the coronavirus pandemic, and climate change. According to an August Pew Research Center study, these are just some of the top issues that voters consistently rank as “very important” to them. Biden managed to touch on most of these issues (with some minor slip-ups), but he also made the case for a more optimistic future. …

Kamala Harris was clear during Wednesday’s debate: Biden won’t ban fracking.

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Graphic by Josh Magpantay and Cameron Oakes.

In a calculated jab that attempted to paint his opponent as a radical leftist during Wednesday’s debate, Vice President Mike Pence alleged that a Biden administration would ban fracking. But his opponent, Senator Kamala Harris, categorically rejected his claim.

“I will repeat,” Harris said. “The American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact.”

While Harris’ running mate, Joe Biden, has a climate action plan that is slightly more progressive than that of President Donald Trump, the fossil fuel extraction process of fracking can hardly be labeled as clean energy. Yet, unlike former presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — who are both proponents of the Green New Deal and have pushed for a complete ban on fracking — the Biden campaign has refused to outright denounce the practice. …

No, Kamala Harris didn’t lose to Mike Pence’s “Midwestern nice.”

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Graphic by Josh Magpantay and Cameron Oakes.

By Jana Cholakovska and Cameron Oakes

Last week, the first presidential debate turned Cleveland, Ohio into a contaminated superfund site. Former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump sparred over everything from healthcare to Trump’s Supreme Court pick, often drowning each other out and quickly enveloping the debate hall with a cacophony of insults and interruptions.

During Wednesday’s Vice Presidential debate, however, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris could be heard clearly. …

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