President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden sparred Tuesday in their first of three debates, hoping to sway undecided voters getting to cast ballots by mail and in person the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election. A look at how their statements from Cleveland pile up with the facts: Trump, addressing Biden on U.S. deaths from Covid-19: “If you were here, it wouldn’t be 200,000 people, it can be 2 million people. You didn’t want me to ban China, which was heavily infected.... If we might have listened to you, the country would be left wide open.” THE FACTS: This accusation is off the mark. Biden never came out against Trump’s decision to limit travel from China. Biden was slow in staking an edge on the matter but when he did, he supported the restrictions. Biden never counseled leaving the country “wide open” within the face of the pandemic. Trump repeatedly, and falsely, claims to possess banned travel from China. He restricted it. The U.S. restrictions that took effect Feb. 2 continued to permit visits to the U.S. from China’s Hong Kong and Macao territories over the past five months. The Associated Press reported that about 8,000 Chinese and foreign nationals based in those territories entered the U.S. in the first three months after the travel restrictions were imposed.
Additionally, quite 27,000 Americans returned from China in the first month after the restrictions took effect. U.S. officials lost track of quite 1,600 of them who were alleged to be monitored for virus exposure. Dozens of nations took similar steps to regulate travel from hot spots before or round the same time the U.S. did. BIDEN, on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: “She thinks that the Affordable Care Act isn't constitutional.” Biden is talking about Trump’s pick to exchange the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett has been critical of the Obama-era law and the court decisions that have upheld it, but she has never said it’s not constitutional. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case on Nov. 10, and the Trump administration is asking the supreme court to rule the law unconstitutional. Trump has been unable to urge legislation to lower drug prices through Congress. Major regulatory actions from his administration are still in the works, and are likely to be challenged in court. There’s no plan on the horizon that might lower drug prices as dramatically as Trump claims. TRUMP: “You said you visited Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. You didn’t attend Delaware State. There’s nothing smart about you, Joe.”
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