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Analysis: Debate is brief interlude of normalcy in 2020 race

WASHINGTON — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year, and a reprieve for voters turned off by the candidates’ noxious first faceoff.

LIVE VIDEO: Presidential debate in Nashville

On Thursday, Oct. 22, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are meeting onstage at Belmont University in Nashville. The Washington Post's Libby Casey will host and Post reporters Lenny Bronner, Rhonda Colvin, James Hohmann, Hannah Jewell, Michael Scherer and Whitney Shefte will provide analysis. Joyce Koh will also provide dispatches from the debate site in Nashville.

Who did better in the final presidential debate? Most say both Biden and Trump improved

President Donald Trump was more focused. Former Vice President Joe Biden was a bit folksy. Their second debate, with stricter rules that prevented them from interrupting each other when key questions were asked, may have had more substance than the first debate, a panel of observers who graded the candidates for The Spokesman-Review said after the 90-minute session ended. But with so many votes already cast, and so few voters left to persuade, it might not make a difference. Here’s how our panelists, who watched the debate individually from their homes, graded the debaters and viewed some of their best and worst moments.

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

In Tennessee, final debate puts surging virus in spotlight

 When President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden arrive in Nashville Thursday for their final debate before the Nov. 3 election, they’ll be greeted by a city with rising coronavirus case counts inside a state immersed in a debate of its own about mask-wearing.

Trump vows not to participate in virtual debate with Biden

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday he would skip next week's debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden after organizers said it would be held virtually because of health concerns, further disrupting the president's efforts to shift focus away from a virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans this year.

Biden, Trump press contrasts in Midwest after debate chaos

Fresh off their chaotic debate-stage clash, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden targeted voters across the Midwest on Wednesday, hitting hard at their contrasting messages as millions of voters cast early ballots.

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Many across the world looked on largely aghast as the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden devolved into a verbal slugfest short on substance but heavy with implications for America’s international image.

Trump to far-right extremists: ‘Stand back and stand by’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”

First Presidential Debate

On Tuesday, September 29, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are meeting onstage at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for the first of the three presidential debates. Live coverage of the debate begins at 5 p.m. with the debate starting at 6 p.m.