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  • COLLEAGUE NBC NEWS, KRISTEN WELKER.

  • WELKER.

  • WELKER. >> GOOD EVENING FROM BELMONT

  • >> GOOD EVENING FROM BELMONT

  • >> GOOD EVENING FROM BELMONT UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE,

  • UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE,

  • UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. I'M KRISTEN WELKER

  • TENNESSEE. I'M KRISTEN WELKER

  • TENNESSEE. I'M KRISTEN WELKER OF NBC NEWS AND I WELCOME YOU

  • OF NBC NEWS AND I WELCOME YOU

  • OF NBC NEWS AND I WELCOME YOU TO THE FINAL 2020 PRESIDENTIAL

  • TO THE FINAL 2020 PRESIDENTIAL

  • TO THE FINAL 2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN PRESIDENT

  • DEBATE BETWEEN PRESIDENT

  • DEBATE BETWEEN PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP AND FORMER VICE

  • DONALD J TRUMP AND FORMER VICE

  • DONALD J TRUMP AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TONIGHT'S

  • PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TONIGHT'S

  • PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TONIGHT'S DEBATE IS SPONSORED BY THE

  • DEBATE IS SPONSORED BY THE

  • DEBATE IS SPONSORED BY THE COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL

  • COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL

  • COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES. IT IS CONDUCTED UNDER

  • DEBATES. IT IS CONDUCTED UNDER

  • DEBATES. IT IS CONDUCTED UNDER HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS DESIGNED BY THE COMMISSION'S

  • DESIGNED BY THE COMMISSION'S

  • DESIGNED BY THE COMMISSION'S HEALTH SECURITY ADVISER, THE

  • HEALTH SECURITY ADVISER, THE

  • HEALTH SECURITY ADVISER, THE AUDIENCE HERE IN THE HALL HAS

  • AUDIENCE HERE IN THE HALL HAS

  • AUDIENCE HERE IN THE HALL HAS PROMISED TO REMAIN SILENT. NO

  • PROMISED TO REMAIN SILENT. NO

  • PROMISED TO REMAIN SILENT. NO CHEERS FOODS OR OTHER

  • CHEERS FOODS OR OTHER

  • CHEERS FOODS OR OTHER INTERRUPTIONS EXCEPT RIGHT NOW

  • INTERRUPTIONS EXCEPT RIGHT NOW

  • INTERRUPTIONS EXCEPT RIGHT NOW AS WE WELCOME TO THE STAGE

  • AS WE WELCOME TO THE STAGE

  • AS WE WELCOME TO THE STAGE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE

  • FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE

  • FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND PRESIDENT DONALD J

  • BIDEN AND PRESIDENT DONALD J

  • BIDEN AND PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP.

  • AND I DO WANT TO SAY A

  • AND I DO WANT TO SAY A

  • AND I DO WANT TO SAY A VERY GOOD EVENING TO BOTH OF

  • VERY GOOD EVENING TO BOTH OF

  • VERY GOOD EVENING TO BOTH OF YOU THIS DEBATE WILL COVER 6

  • YOU THIS DEBATE WILL COVER 6

  • YOU THIS DEBATE WILL COVER 6 MAJOR TOPICS AT THE BEGINNING

  • MAJOR TOPICS AT THE BEGINNING

  • MAJOR TOPICS AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SECTION EACH CANDIDATE

  • OF EACH SECTION EACH CANDIDATE

  • OF EACH SECTION EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES

  • WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES

  • WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES UNINTERRUPTED TO ANSWER MY

  • UNINTERRUPTED TO ANSWER MY

  • UNINTERRUPTED TO ANSWER MY FIRST QUESTION THE DEBATE

  • FIRST QUESTION THE DEBATE

  • FIRST QUESTION THE DEBATE COMMISSION WILL THEN TURN ON

  • COMMISSION WILL THEN TURN ON

  • COMMISSION WILL THEN TURN ON THEIR MICROPHONE ONLY WHEN IT

  • THEIR MICROPHONE ONLY WHEN IT

  • THEIR MICROPHONE ONLY WHEN IT IS THEIR TURN TO ANSWER AND

  • IS THEIR TURN TO ANSWER AND

  • IS THEIR TURN TO ANSWER AND THE COMMISSION WILL TURN IT

  • THE COMMISSION WILL TURN IT

  • THE COMMISSION WILL TURN IT OFF EXACTLY WHEN THE 2 MINUTES

  • OFF EXACTLY WHEN THE 2 MINUTES

  • OFF EXACTLY WHEN THE 2 MINUTES OF EXPIRE AFTER THAT THOSE

  • OF EXPIRE AFTER THAT THOSE

  • OF EXPIRE AFTER THAT THOSE MICROPHONES WILL REMAIN ON.

  • MICROPHONES WILL REMAIN ON.

  • MICROPHONES WILL REMAIN ON. BUT ON BEHALF OF THE VOTERS

  • BUT ON BEHALF OF THE VOTERS

  • BUT ON BEHALF OF THE VOTERS I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE

  • I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE

  • I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PLEASE SPEAK ONE AT A TIME. THE GOAL

  • SPEAK ONE AT A TIME. THE GOAL

  • SPEAK ONE AT A TIME. THE GOAL IS FOR YOU TO HEAR EACH OTHER

  • IS FOR YOU TO HEAR EACH OTHER

  • IS FOR YOU TO HEAR EACH OTHER AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO

  • AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO

  • AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HEAR EVERY WORD OF WHAT YOU

  • HEAR EVERY WORD OF WHAT YOU

  • HEAR EVERY WORD OF WHAT YOU BOTH HAVE TO SAY AND SO WITH

  • BOTH HAVE TO SAY AND SO WITH

  • BOTH HAVE TO SAY AND SO WITH THAT IF YOU'RE READY. LET'S

  • THAT IF YOU'RE READY. LET'S

  • THAT IF YOU'RE READY. LET'S START. WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE

  • START. WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE

  • START. WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

  • FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

  • FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE FIRST

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE FIRST

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE FIRST QUESTION IS FOR YOU. THE

  • QUESTION IS FOR YOU. THE

  • QUESTION IS FOR YOU. THE COUNTRY IS HEADING INTO A

  • COUNTRY IS HEADING INTO A

  • COUNTRY IS HEADING INTO A DANGEROUS NEW PHASE MORE THAN

  • DANGEROUS NEW PHASE MORE THAN

  • DANGEROUS NEW PHASE MORE THAN 40,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE

  • 40,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE

  • 40,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT WITH COVID

  • HOSPITAL TONIGHT WITH COVID

  • HOSPITAL TONIGHT WITH COVID INCLUDING RECORD NUMBERS HERE

  • INCLUDING RECORD NUMBERS HERE

  • INCLUDING RECORD NUMBERS HERE IN TENNESSEE AND SINCE THE 2

  • IN TENNESSEE AND SINCE THE 2

  • IN TENNESSEE AND SINCE THE 2 OF YOU LAST SHARED A STAGE

  • OF YOU LAST SHARED A STAGE

  • OF YOU LAST SHARED A STAGE 16,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED

  • 16,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED

  • 16,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM COVID SO PLEASE BE

  • FROM COVID SO PLEASE BE

  • FROM COVID SO PLEASE BE SPECIFIC HOW WOULD YOU LEAVE

  • SPECIFIC HOW WOULD YOU LEAVE

  • SPECIFIC HOW WOULD YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY DURING THIS NEXT

  • THE COUNTRY DURING THIS NEXT

  • THE COUNTRY DURING THIS NEXT STAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS

  • STAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS

  • STAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS 2 MINUTES UNINTERRUPTED

  • CRISIS 2 MINUTES UNINTERRUPTED

  • CRISIS 2 MINUTES UNINTERRUPTED SO AS YOU KNOW 2.2 MILLION

  • SO AS YOU KNOW 2.2 MILLION

  • SO AS YOU KNOW 2.2 MILLION PEOPLE.

  • PEOPLE.

  • PEOPLE. >> MODELED OUT WERE EXPECTED

  • >> MODELED OUT WERE EXPECTED

  • >> MODELED OUT WERE EXPECTED TODAY.

  • TODAY.

  • TODAY. >> WE CLOSED UP THE GREATEST

  • >> WE CLOSED UP THE GREATEST

  • >> WE CLOSED UP THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD IN ORDER

  • ECONOMY IN THE WORLD IN ORDER

  • ECONOMY IN THE WORLD IN ORDER TO FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE

  • TO FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE

  • TO FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE THAT CAME FROM CHINA. IT'S A

  • THAT CAME FROM CHINA. IT'S A

  • THAT CAME FROM CHINA. IT'S A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC SO ALL OVER

  • WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC SO ALL OVER

  • WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC SO ALL OVER THE WORLD YOU SEE THE SPIKES

  • THE WORLD YOU SEE THE SPIKES

  • THE WORLD YOU SEE THE SPIKES IN EUROPE PUT IN MANY OTHER

  • IN EUROPE PUT IN MANY OTHER

  • IN EUROPE PUT IN MANY OTHER PLACES RIGHT IF YOU NOTICE THE

  • PLACES RIGHT IF YOU NOTICE THE

  • PLACES RIGHT IF YOU NOTICE THE MORTALITY RATE IS DOWN 85%.

  • MORTALITY RATE IS DOWN 85%.

  • MORTALITY RATE IS DOWN 85%. THE EXCESS MORTALITY RATE IS

  • THE EXCESS MORTALITY RATE IS

  • THE EXCESS MORTALITY RATE IS WAY DOWN AND MUCH LOWER THAN

  • WAY DOWN AND MUCH LOWER THAN

  • WAY DOWN AND MUCH LOWER THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND

  • ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND

  • ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND WE'RE FIGHTING IT WE'RE

  • WE'RE FIGHTING IT WE'RE

  • WE'RE FIGHTING IT WE'RE FINDING IT HARD TO RESIST

  • FINDING IT HARD TO RESIST

  • FINDING IT HARD TO RESIST SPIKE IT WAS A SPIKE IN

  • SPIKE IT WAS A SPIKE IN

  • SPIKE IT WAS A SPIKE IN FLORIDA AND IT'S NO GUN. THERE

  • FLORIDA AND IT'S NO GUN. THERE

  • FLORIDA AND IT'S NO GUN. THERE WAS A VERY BIG SPIKE IN TEXAS.

  • WAS A VERY BIG SPIKE IN TEXAS.

  • WAS A VERY BIG SPIKE IN TEXAS. IT'S NOW GONE. THERE WAS A

  • IT'S NOW GONE. THERE WAS A

  • IT'S NOW GONE. THERE WAS A VERY BIG SPIKE IN ARIZONA.

  • VERY BIG SPIKE IN ARIZONA.

  • VERY BIG SPIKE IN ARIZONA. IT'S NOW GUN. AND THERE IS

  • IT'S NOW GUN. AND THERE IS

  • IT'S NOW GUN. AND THERE IS SOME SPIKES IN SEARCHES AND

  • SOME SPIKES IN SEARCHES AND

  • SOME SPIKES IN SEARCHES AND OTHER PLACES THEY WILL SOON BE

  • OTHER PLACES THEY WILL SOON BE

  • OTHER PLACES THEY WILL SOON BE GUN. WE HAVE A VACCINE. THAT'S

  • GUN. WE HAVE A VACCINE. THAT'S

  • GUN. WE HAVE A VACCINE. THAT'S COMING IT'S READY. IT'S GOING

  • COMING IT'S READY. IT'S GOING

  • COMING IT'S READY. IT'S GOING TO BE ANNOUNCED WITHIN WEEKS

  • TO BE ANNOUNCED WITHIN WEEKS

  • TO BE ANNOUNCED WITHIN WEEKS AND IT'S GOING TO BE DELIVERED

  • AND IT'S GOING TO BE DELIVERED

  • AND IT'S GOING TO BE DELIVERED WE HAVE OPERATION WARP SPEED

  • WE HAVE OPERATION WARP SPEED

  • WE HAVE OPERATION WARP SPEED WHICH IS THE MILITARY IS GOING

  • WHICH IS THE MILITARY IS GOING

  • WHICH IS THE MILITARY IS GOING TO DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE. I

  • TO DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE. I

  • TO DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE. I CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL

  • CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL

  • CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I WAS IN THE

  • EXPERIENCE I WAS IN THE

  • EXPERIENCE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL I HAD IT AND I GOT

  • HOSPITAL I HAD IT AND I GOT

  • HOSPITAL I HAD IT AND I GOT BETTER AND I WILL TELL YOU HAD

  • BETTER AND I WILL TELL YOU HAD

  • BETTER AND I WILL TELL YOU HAD SOMETHING THAT THEY GAVE ME A

  • SOMETHING THAT THEY GAVE ME A

  • SOMETHING THAT THEY GAVE ME A THERAPEUTIC I GUESS THEY WOULD

  • THERAPEUTIC I GUESS THEY WOULD

  • THERAPEUTIC I GUESS THEY WOULD CALL IT SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY

  • CALL IT SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY

  • CALL IT SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY WAS A CURE. I WAS IN FOR A

  • WAS A CURE. I WAS IN FOR A

  • WAS A CURE. I WAS IN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND I GOT

  • SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND I GOT

  • SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND I GOT BETTER VERY FAST OR WE

  • BETTER VERY FAST OR WE

  • BETTER VERY FAST OR WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT. AND

  • WOULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT. AND

  • WOULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT. AND NOW THEY SAY I'M IMMUNE

  • NOW THEY SAY I'M IMMUNE

  • NOW THEY SAY I'M IMMUNE WHETHER IT'S 4 MONTHS OR A

  • WHETHER IT'S 4 MONTHS OR A

  • WHETHER IT'S 4 MONTHS OR A LIFETIME, NOBODY'S BEEN ABLE

  • LIFETIME, NOBODY'S BEEN ABLE

  • LIFETIME, NOBODY'S BEEN ABLE TO SAY THAT BUT I'M I'M IN

  • TO SAY THAT BUT I'M I'M IN

  • TO SAY THAT BUT I'M I'M IN MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE

  • MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE

  • MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING BETTER WE A PROBLEM

  • GETTING BETTER WE A PROBLEM

  • GETTING BETTER WE A PROBLEM THAT'S A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM,

  • THAT'S A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM,

  • THAT'S A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM, THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM,

  • THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM,

  • THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM, BUT I'VE BEEN CONGRATULATED BY

  • BUT I'VE BEEN CONGRATULATED BY

  • BUT I'VE BEEN CONGRATULATED BY THE HEADS OF MANY COUNTRIES ON

  • THE HEADS OF MANY COUNTRIES ON

  • THE HEADS OF MANY COUNTRIES ON WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO

  • WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO

  • WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITH THE IF YOU IF YOU TAKE A

  • WITH THE IF YOU IF YOU TAKE A

  • WITH THE IF YOU IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE IN

  • LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE IN

  • LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE IN TERMS OF GOGGLES AND MASKS AND

  • TERMS OF GOGGLES AND MASKS AND

  • TERMS OF GOGGLES AND MASKS AND GALLONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

  • GALLONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

  • GALLONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. AND IN PARTICULAR VENTILATORS

  • AND IN PARTICULAR VENTILATORS

  • AND IN PARTICULAR VENTILATORS WE'RE NOW MAKING VENTILATORS

  • WE'RE NOW MAKING VENTILATORS

  • WE'RE NOW MAKING VENTILATORS ALL OVER THE WORLD THOUSANDS

  • ALL OVER THE WORLD THOUSANDS

  • ALL OVER THE WORLD THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS A MONTH,

  • AND THOUSANDS A MONTH,

  • AND THOUSANDS A MONTH, DISTRIBUTING