US presidential election

In polarised America, a head-to-head debate could tip the race

Biden gets the chance to win over swing voters but he must avoid likely Trumpian traps

Presidential debates are the only opportunity for the American public to size up the two candidates face to face.

The first of three debates between United States President Donald Trump and his challenger, former vice-president Joe Biden, kicks off today (tomorrow morning, Singapore time).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2020, with the headline 'In polarised America, a head-to-head debate could tip the race'. Print Edition | Subscribe