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HIGHLIGHTS: Trump-Biden final presidential debate

HIGHLIGHTS: Trump-Biden final presidential debate


US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are facing off for their final presidential debate at 9 am on Friday, October 23 (Manila time). Who will win the hearts of voters?

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Biden vows to give Dreamers a path to citizenship

Camille Elemia

Biden has pledged to provide Dreamers, or undocumented migrants brought to the United States as minors, a path to citizenship should he win.

This is in contrast to the policy of Trump, who earlier sought to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The Supreme Court later on rejected it.

Biden hits Trump, says Wall Street is not the economy

Trump: We’ll always protect people with pre-existing [conditions]

Biden on health care

Jee Y. Geronimo

When asked what his healthcare plan would be if the Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Biden said he will pass “Obamacare with public option,” calling it Bidencare.

Trump to consider raising federal minimum wage

Camille Elemia

If he wins a second term, Trump said he will consider raising the federal minimum wage to $15. He, however, said he won’t raise it “to a level that will put all businesses out of business.”

Trump said minimum wage should be decided by the states: “In some places, $15 not so bad.”

But Biden said there’s no proof raising minimum wages would close businesses.

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Biden warns of ‘dark winter’ of COVID-19 in final Trump debate

Biden warns of ‘dark winter’ of COVID-19 in final Trump debate

Biden slams Trump for embracing foreign ‘thugs’

Jee Y. Geronimo

During the debate, Biden accused Trump of embracing “thugs” running North Korea, China, and Russia, and “poking” his finger at America’s allies.

“We make up only 25% of the world’s economy. We need to be having the rest of our friends with us saying to China, ‘these are the rules.'”

Biden also said Trump “legitimized” North Korea. 

“North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to make sure we can control them, make sure they won’t hurt us.”

Trump blames Nancy Pelosi over coronavirus relief bill

Camille Elemia

Asked why he wasn’t able to make the bill pass, Trump said: “Because Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve anything because she wants to have some victories” ahead of November 3 polls

Biden: What is Donald Trump hiding?

Biden says never received ‘a penny’ from any foreign source

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse

Democratic challenger Joe Biden said during his final debate with US President Donald Trump that he had never received “a penny” from foreign sources in his life.

Biden was responding to graft allegations from Trump during the debate, a line of attack the president has pursued in the final days of the campaign.

“I think you owe an explanation to the American people,” Trump told Biden.