Debate prediction: A 'wipeout' of Joe Biden

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Joe Biden & Donald TrumpA longtime political observer is weighing in on the first Trump-Biden debate, set for tonight, and expects the combative president to do well.

President Donald Trump will likely do a good job tonight, says Dr. Charles Dunn, citing his past debate performances, but the real question is what will Biden do on stage.

“[Biden] goes into the first debate with the critics saying, We don't know how well he can do,” Dunn observes. “In fact, even the Biden people, when they speak not for attribution, admit they don't know how well he can do.”

Suspicions that Biden is experiencing dementia have only grown larger every time his campaign staff declares a “lid” for the day -- meaning no public appearances at all -- but Biden’s campaign has insisted he's getting ready for the pivotal debate.

Biden and his campaign staff, however, have called a “lid” 11 times in September, which averages one almost every other day during what should be a busy, demanding campaign for the White House. The campaign did so even after The New York Times published a weekend story bashing Trump and his history of avoiding paying income taxes.

Trump is also claiming Biden is taking medication, in fact -- and the president has stated he has not spent much time preparing for the debate. "I am running a country, you know. I don't have the luxury," he told reporters. 

Trump and Hillary debating podiumsAfter the campaign has spent months mocking "Sleepy Joe" Biden, there is also an obvious effort by the Trump campaign to reverse its description of the former vice president. 

"Biden spent decades skillfully debating in the Senate, won two debates while running for vice president, and just came through 11 debates in Democratic primaries where he defeated two dozen challengers," Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, said last week. "Joe Biden is a master debater who knows what he is doing."  

“We all saw what [Trump] did in 2016 when he demolished the opposition, his own party and the other party. It was a wipeout,” Dunn tells OneNewsNow. “So I think we can expect that there will be wipeout in this first debate."

Trump ready for Wallace

Yet there is also the issue of Chris Wallace, the no-frills Fox News host who is moderating the first debate.

Debate #1 setting (Cleveland, OH)"Chris Wallace is a total anti-Trumper," complains Tom Zawistowski, a tea party leader based in Ohio. "And so you're going to see Chris Wallace throwing softballs to Joe Biden and hard balls to President Trump."

Trump should be ready for Wallace, Zawistowski says, after the President recently sat down with Wallace for an interview that turned contentious.

According to The Commission on Presidential Debates, the topics for tonight's debate are: Trump and Biden's records; the U.S. Supreme Court; Covid-19; the economy; race and violence in our cities; and the integrity of the election.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Tom Zawistowski. 


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