Donald Trump, boosted by the appointment of a conservative Supreme Court judge, and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, still leading the polls, are preparing for their first debate which will be a key moment in the House race on Tuesday. White.
Known for his blunders and slips, Joe Biden admitted Saturday that the televised confrontation would be “difficult”.
“It will be mostly personal attacks and lies,” “that’s all he can do,” he said of the Republican billionaire. “He doesn’t know how to discuss the facts. He’s not that smart, ”he continued.
The 77-year-old politician, who, in the name of health precautions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, is leading a more discreet campaign than that of the 74-year-old ex-businessman , will rarely be in the spotlight.
After this first 90-minute duel moderated by Fox News reporter Chris Wallace, two other debates between them are scheduled before the presidential election on November 3.
Donald Trump continues to mock the lack of dynamism of his rival, whom he nicknames “sleeping Joe”, even to suggest a form of senility.
He also insists that Joe Biden, a pure product of the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, is a “puppet” of the radical left.
“He’s a bit like Goebbels,” replied the Democratic candidate. According to him, the president applies the recipes of the head of Nazi propaganda Joseph Goebbels: “You tell a lie again and again, you repeat it, repeat it, repeat it, so that it becomes a given.”
“People know the president is a liar,” Joe Biden said. “And so I’m ready to go there, and explain why I think he failed and why I think my proposals will help the Americans and the US economy, and strengthen our security on the international stage.”
Donald Trump intends to arrive at this meeting crowned with his base, the choice of Amy Coney Barrett, a magistrate known for her traditionalist religious convictions, to sit on the highest American court following the death of the judge. progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He hopes it galvanizes the Christian right, on which he relied heavily in his surprise election four years ago, and the entire conservative camp beyond, to catch up in the polls.
“You are going to be fantastic,” he told her on Saturday afternoon, in the gardens of the White House, presenting this mother of seven, a practicing Catholic, as “one of the most brilliant jurists and the most talented in the country ”.
Standing at his side, he predicted a “rapid” confirmation by the Senate, where his Republican camp has the majority.
Barring a huge surprise, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, will strengthen the conservative majority within this key institution which settles the great debates in American society.
Joe Biden called on the Senate not to “vote” until “the Americans have chosen their next president.”
But he knows his side has no leverage to stop the process.
The parliamentary hearings of the judge-designate, which are set to begin on October 12, will therefore punctuate the campaign until the vote on her name, which Republicans hope to hold just days before the presidential election.
The Democrats are therefore trying to raise the specter of a lasting right-wing Supreme Court to mobilize their electorate.
Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, accused Republicans of wanting to “destroy” Obamacare, the health insurance law passed under the Democratic presidency of Barack Obama, and “reverse” the historic ruling that recognized in 1973 a constitutional right of women to have an abortion.
“This appointment would move the court even further to the right for a generation, and harm millions of Americans,” she warned.