Presidential debates have for years been sponsored by a non-profit commission under the oversight of both parties. They tend to be rather staid affairs — partly because of all the conditions typically imposed by each campaign. It’s pretty obvious Trump thinks Biden has lost a step, an impression he thinks he can bring across to Americans with his scorched earth debate strategy. But Biden is not a bad debater himself — though he never hit top form during Democratic campaign debates, he performed strongly in vice presidential debates while on Barack Obama’s ticket.
If Trump wanted to play fair, he wouldn’t have picked Giuliani. Enlisting the garrulous pro-Trump streetfighter suggests that the goal is less to embrace a traditional public exercise in democracy, and more like just another backroom scheme to make Biden look bad.
‘Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?’
Postcard from Delhi
They fought for at least four hours, says the source, in a bloody brawl that killed 20 Indian soldiers. A statement by the Indian Army mentions casualties on both sides, though China has not admitted to any deaths on its side. (CNN has not independently confirmed the details of the clash.)
Here’s Modi’s dilemma: Taking bold diplomatic or economic action against China could derail border talks — but little or no action could embolden China’s incursion attempts, and further upset Modi’s domestic support.
Countering China’s relentless attempts for regional hegemony is now one of the biggest challenges Modi faces in his second term, especially after informal summits with Xi Jinping in Wuhan and South India failed to bridge the trust deficit on the border shared by the two nuclear powers. — CNN’s Vedika Sud writes to Meanwhile from New Delhi