- September 30, 2020
Presidential debates are major events in the U.S. election campaign. With only a few weeks left before the elections, the debates give candidates the opportunity to position themselves on the core topics, outline their presidential agenda, and dissociate themselves from their opponent. The first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on September 29 was a frantic verbal exchange that mostly lacked a civilized discourse on the core issues in this year’s election. How did Donald Trump and Joe Biden perform? What arguments did they bring forward? And what effect will this debate have on the U.S. election and undecided voters? In a conversation with David Deißner and Rüdiger Lentz, Prof. Lora Anne Viola, Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin, and Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, share their assessments on the first debate in the America’s Choice podcast.
“America’s Choice – Der US-Wahlcast” is a German-language podcast on the 2020 U.S. election, co-produced by the Aspen Institute Germany and the Atlantik-Brücke. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other platforms.