Who won the third debate

After the first TV duel : Trump is the winner

The night was a disaster for Joe Biden. Millions of television viewers have seen an old man who needs time to focus and form the words to attack his rival.

In terms of age, there is three and a half years between Donald Trump (74) and Joe Biden (77). On the Ohio TV stage, it seemed like they came from different generations. Biden's skin looked waxen in the headlights and his movements stiff. Trump acted vigorously and aggressively.

[Many colleagues followed the first TV duel between Joe Biden and Donald Trump with excitement. The question "Who won?" they answer very differently. Read a comment by Malte Lehming here, who clearly sees Joe Biden as the winner of the evening.]

Nevertheless, many observers analyze that Biden is the winner of the debate. Your reasons for this judgment are understandable. Biden had the facts on his side and the better arguments on many issues. He dealt verbally when Trump insulted him without engaging in a screaming duel. “He stands his ground,” many say appreciatively - he has not revealed any terrain. To that extent, he met expectations.

Biden wins in terms of style, Trump in terms of assertiveness

Biden also appeared more polite and presidential. He interrupted Trump much less often than the other way around Trump interrupted him. In terms of style and arguments, the grandfather's gentleman may have won against the bully.

Only: are these the decisive disciplines?

The US voters have a choice: between a rude and often outrageous president who also lies, but seems to be in the juice and exudes energy. As well as a polite man who inspires more trust in his habitus, who usually lets his opponent finish speaking, but looks old and a bit tired.

Biden torments himself, Trump enjoys the argument

Appearance and body language have two sides with opposing messages - and it is in the eye of the viewer how they rate them. Trump frequently interrupted Biden. Some judge this to be unfair, others see it as a sign of assertiveness and dominance.

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When Trump raised furious allegations against Biden and his family or defended himself with swindles against criticism of his fight against corona and his tax tricks, Biden responded with a pained smile and shake of his head. For some he exposed the liar. The others take the body language literally: For Biden, arguments like this are torture. Trump, on the other hand, seems to be enjoying them and charging himself with more energy than he spends on the argument.

The conflicts are increasing. Who Is Better To Defend US Interests?

This takes place in a world in which conflicts and rule breaks are increasing internationally. Who do voters trust more likely to defend their interests: the obliging, presidential older man or the vigorous bully?

Suddenly you can imagine how Trump still wins the election - even though he is more than six percentage points behind on average in national polls. And in the decisive “battleground states” with 3.5 percentage points. According to polls, most voters have long since decided which of the two they would vote for. And experience has shown that the TV debates rarely lead to voters switching en masse from one camp to the other.

But the images of the meeting have an impact. They motivate Trump fans even more to vote. And they can ponder citizens who wanted to vote for Biden. That doesn't have to lead to them voting for Trump. But if they don't vote because of doubts about Biden's fitness, he could end up missing those votes. Two more TV duels follow, and if Biden can't find a way to correct the impression of the first debate, Trump could triumph in the end.

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