It was a short and simple phrase tucked within a 90+ minute debate. But one could imagine it having the jarring effect of a million pumpjacks grinding to an immediate halt. The phrase last night came in the second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Former Vice-President Joe Biden. And residents of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma must have immediately noticed.
“(I) would transition from the oil industry, yes”
To which Trump responded, “Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio?”
Afterward, Biden’s campaign attempted to backtrack insisting that Biden was referring to eliminating oil subsidies.
This does not reconcile with campaign promises he has made about ending fracking and other oil and natural gas permits and drilling. A potential job killer in states like Texas which is still reeling from COVID panic shutdowns and a drop in oil prices.
This would be especially catastrophic if a Biden Presidency succeeded in doubling the minimum wage as he has promised.
In the exchange, Biden attempted to hang the separation of immigrant families on the Trump Administration, to which Trump shut down by asking him (Biden), “who built the cages, Joe?”
Trump outlined his plan for handling COVID, pointing out the companies that are currently in the works of a vaccine.
The President vowed that a vaccine was imminent and that Biden’s claim of a “harsh winter” was an attempt to scare the American Public.
Trump pointed out that had his administration not acted in the manner that it did, there would be over two million deaths from the virus.
Biden was unable and in some instances unwilling to answer any of the questions concerning his son, Hunter Biden, and a laptop that contains emails that link the Biden family to corruption and bribery in Ukraine.
Trump summed it all up in one line…
“Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run.”
It is too early to see if last night’s debate made an impact on undecideds and those not yet voting. Early voting is going on in several parts of the country, with millions having already voted.
The election is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.
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