Donald Trump, Joe Biden Clash Over Covid, Ethics in Calmer Presidential Debate

Donald Trump, Joe Biden Clash Over Covid, Ethics in Calmer Presidential Debate

President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden offered starkly differing views of the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, traded accusations about their personal ethics and questioned each other’s records on economic and racial-justice issues in the final debate before the Nov. 3 election.

Thursday night’s meeting was less combative than the pair’s first, three weeks earlier, as their microphones were muted at times. It came after more than 47 million Americans—more than a third of the total 2016 vote—already had cast ballots.

Mr. Trump, who had frequently interrupted Mr. Biden and the moderator at the first debate, offered a calmer delivery, and both candidates delved further into policy details. But certain topics, such as race relations, produced fiery exchanges, with Mr. Biden pressing his rival on his record in office and Mr. Trump saying the former vice president should have done more in a long career in public service.

Much of the early portion of the debate was devoted to the pandemic. Mr. Trump, noting his own recent experience with the virus, said his administration had taken tough steps to save lives.