The second presidential debate was more of a debate than the first slug fest. It had much more to do with policy, and was quite heavy on substance this time. In truth, though, the debate was a bit boring, in terms of it not really doing much to convince anyone to change sides. At least until the very end of the debate, when Biden let something seismic slip.
Before we get into that it must be noted that moderator Kristen Welker was a much better moderator than Chris Wallace was in the first debate. The debates ran so much smoother without her trying to be the 3rd debater on the stage like Wallace did. That’s not to say she was unbiased. Her questions were clearly geared towards helping Joe Biden by being more touchy-feely than substantive. Nearly every question began with, “What do you tell people of color…” or “What about families sitting around the table…”
Welker did a pretty good job moderating, letting each man respond to the other without interjecting much. However, she promised at the outset that she wouldn’t fact check, but, like most liberals, her mouth wouldn’t let her. In fact, many of her critical questions to the President were loaded with biased “facts” and liberal talking points, for example about poor immigrant children left to rot in cages on the border.
She was shut down on the cage question when President Trump pointed out that Biden and Obama were the ones who built those cages. Also, her question on why President Trump said bad things about Black Lives Matter demonstrators fell flat when the President pointed out what he actually heard the thugs chanting about “pigs in a blanket.”
This debate, showed a more presidential side to President Trump. He was more reserved, while still landing some heavy hits as he pointed out the obvious. Joe Biden is all talk and no action. Where Joe Biden was Doctor Doom, the President was the guy that wants to open up the country. Where Joe Biden was going to save the environment, President Trump pointed out that the Biden Plan was the $100 trillion pipedream of “AOC plus three.”
As expected, Joe Biden didn’t have to face any hard, fact-based questions on all the money he and his family have raked in over the years from the Ukraine, Russia, and China. Welker never pressed him to explain what Russia got in exchange for the $3 million Hunter got and split with him. Nevertheless, whenever Biden brought up the subject of anything mentioning those countries, the President effectively skewered the Biden crime family. Joe squirmed and grimaced through his unnaturally white teeth. He really came off as quite smug throughout the debate.
Joe seemed well prepared and did pretty well on several liberal talking points like healthcare. But it seemed like every time Joe was doing well spewing his memorized speeches from the heart, President Trump would point out the obvious: Biden had 47 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president to correct all the problems he was currently whining about. He never did anything then, and as President Trump pointed out why should anyone believe that he’ll start doing it now?
The knockout blow that really won President Trump the debate occurred at the end of the night. The moderator asked a loaded question about minorities having to live near energy plants. Once again, Joe waxed empathetic and alluded to how he wanted to do away with the oil industry. President Trump rightfully seized on that seismic answer. Even Welker was astonished and interrupted him to ask “Why would you do that?” It was obvious from Biden’s answer that he had let something slip—and that something was his far-left Green New Deal plans for the country if he wins. The President pointed out that would destroy the economies of states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Take heed, the President said to citizens there, Joe is coming after your jobs, folks.
Truthfully, the debate did nothing to convince voters on either side of the aisle to change teams until that point. Trump’s wise strategy to let Biden keep talking and trip over his own facts worked. Biden let slip his economy killing climate change plans about the oil industry and it likely sealed his fate. Biden had tried to hide the fact his plans include anything from the far-left side of his party, but he failed.
Expect polls in Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to swing drastically now towards Trump. Pennsylvania being a key swing state in which polls showed the two men running neck and neck. That will change. Biden lost them when he let slip his far-left plans to transform the country. Let’s just pray the rest of the country was listening too. Biden has a lot more far-left plans than he’s telling voters about.