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At first presidential debate, Biden and Trump spar on abortion, immigration

“There’s never been anything like it,” Trump said, at one point referencing the case of 12-year-old Texas resident Jocelyn Nungaray, who was recently murdered allegedly by an illegal immigrant. 

Biden, meanwhile, criticized the family separation policy the Trump administration briefly implemented at the U.S. border. He boasted that his policies had recently resulted in significantly fewer illegal border crossings. 

At times during the debate Biden seemed to struggle to express his thoughts, as during the immigration segment when he vowed if reelected to pursue a “total initiative relative to what we’re going to do with more Border Patrol and more asylum officers.”

“I really don’t know what he said at the end of that sentence. I don’t think he knows what he said either,” Trump said in response. 

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Opioid crisis, economy, Jan. 6

The candidates discussed a variety of other topics throughout the 90-minute debate, including the opioid crisis, which continues to wreak havoc in many parts of the country. 

Trump blamed the drug addiction crisis on Biden’s border policies, which he said have allowed more illicit substances to get into the country. Biden, meanwhile, called for increased technology at the border to help detect drugs like fentanyl in transnational shipments.

On the economy, meanwhile — which has been suffering from high inflation for much of Biden’s first term — the president blamed Trump’s handling of the COVID crisis as well as his economic policies, which he said resulted in “literally chaos.”

Trump, meanwhile, blamed the Biden administration for the ongoing inflation, claiming the crisis “blew up under his leadership because they spent money like a bunch of people that didn’t know what they were doing.”

The moderators at one point also brought up the Jan. 6, 2021, rioting that saw protesters storm the U.S. Capitol. Critics have alleged that Trump orchestrated the incident to stop Biden from being certified as president. 

Trump was asked several times if he would accept the results of the 2024 election regardless of who wins. “If it’s a fair and legal and good election — absolutely,” Trump said finally. 

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Biden suggested Trump would not do so. “I doubt whether you’ll accept it because you’re such a whiner,” he said. “The idea if you lose again, you’re accepting anything — you can’t stand the loss.”

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