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Joe Biden and Donald Trump go head-to-head

Joe Biden and Donald Trump go head-to-head
President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump may have failed to restore faith in voters as they go head-to-head in the first of two Presidential debates of the 2024 campaign. Critics are saying there should be an option for a third candidate as Democrats express concern about Biden's…

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have faced each other in a historic high stakes debate in CNN's Atlanta studio. It is the first time in history that a sitting U-S president is facing a former president in a debate and it is the first of two televised face-offs scheduled before the November 5th presidential election. The two candidates clashed on issues of migration, abortion, conflict in the Middle East, foreign policy and the economy at large. President Biden had a chance to reassure voters that, at 81, he can still lead the U-S for another four years, if re-elected. Meanwhile, 78-year-old Trump, the second oldest man to ever run for President, argues he is in better shape and can handle the affairs of the United States for the next four years. Voters have in the past expressed reservations about President Biden's age and ability to rule for another four years, as he is the oldest man to ever run for president. Donald Trump battered President Biden with a series of often false attacks and deflections. Donald Trump falsely claimed that Mr. Biden "encouraged" Russia to attack Ukraine, even though President Biden has consistently tried to rally support for Ukraine and his administration took active steps to warn President Vladimir Putin not to invade. He was asked during the debate about his role in the January 6 US Capitol attack. Democrats have expressed concerns about President Biden's performance. And Republicans like congressman Matt Gaetz have slammed Joe Biden's debate performance, while Donald Trump's backers have declared victory. Vice President Kamala Harris told CNN that the debate should be scored based on substance. Gavin Newsom, who is the governor of California, weighed in as well. And others like Gaby Pacheco, who is a Miami resident, worry about the effect on immigration. The United States elections are scheduled to be held on November 5 this year.