by Anders Hagstrom, The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden met in the second and final debate ahead of the Nov. 3 election Thursday night, with the president seeking to pin down Biden on recent corruption allegations.
NBC News held the debate in Nashville, Tennessee, with reporter Kristen Welker moderating. The debate was the first in which each candidate was muted for the duration of his opponent’s allotted two minute response time for each question. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) resorted to the measure after the first debate featuring Trump and Biden routinely talking over one another.
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Trump and Biden were more civil throughout the debate, with the president adopting a markedly more reserved tone and offering more deference to Welker than he did the previous moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Welker led the candidates through the issues with confidence, allowing both to broach new topics but keeping the back-and-forth in check.
The debate came following a report by the New York Post alleging Biden both knew of and participated in his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings overseas. While Trump has worked to put the issue center stage since the news broke last week, Biden, social media platforms, and many outlets have sought to bury the story.
While the emails at the center of the allegations lacked strong verification since their initial publication last week, one of Hunter Biden’s business associates, Tony Bobulinksi, said that the allegations that Joe Biden benefitted monetarily from his son’s business dealings in China were true.
Biden’s campaign released a statement denying Bobulinski’s allegations minutes before the debate.