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Comparing Speeches: Trump v Biden

Both candidates gave speeches accepting their nominations. How do they compare?

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Now that both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention are over, we know that the 2020 election will be between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Both candidates gave speeches to accept their nominations, and each speech showed a different future for the United States.

Early in his speech, Joe Biden described the United States as being in a very dark place right now. He blamed that on President Donald Trump. America needs someone who can unite the people and bring the nation out of this dark place, he says. Only near the end of his speech did Biden talk about his own plans and policies.

President Trump, on the other hand, presented himself as a strong president with a record of success. The president spent the first half of his speech talking about the story of America, accusing Joe Biden and the Democratic Party of being ashamed of our shared American history.

Biden said President Trump hasn’t handles the Coronavirus crisis well. Trump didn’t defend himself against these claims. Instead, he took a different approach. He pointed out different numbers about America’s testing, talked about how less people have died in the U.S. than in Europe, and described America’s vaccine trials.

Biden is promoting himself as a figure who can bring unity. In contrast, Trump is portraying himself as an accomplished president. Only time will tell us which idea Americans will choose at the voting booth.

Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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