• By The Financial District


Democrat Joe Biden renewed his attacks on US President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic at the final debate before the Nov. 3 election, while Trump leveled unfounded corruption accusations at Biden and his family, Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason reported for Reuters

Trump, a Republican, initially adopted a more restrained tone than he did during their first presidential debate in September, which was quickly derailed by his constant interruptions. But Thursday’s clash still featured plenty of personal attacks between two men who evince little respect for each other. Biden also lashed out at Trump for battering Obama and other Democrats when he is the one running against him. 

The televised encounter in Nashville, Tennessee, represented one of Trump’s last remaining opportunities to reshape a campaign dominated by a pandemic that has killed more than 222,000 people in the United States. Opinion polls show Trump is trailing Biden, though the contest is tighter in some battleground states likely to decide the election. 

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,” Biden said. Trump defended his approach to the outbreak and claimed the worst of the pandemic was in the past. “We’re rounding the corner,” said Trump, who has played down the virus for months. “It’s going away.” His boast came as Florida registered the highest number of COVID-19 cases.