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Face-off more focused, but unlikely to shift public opinion

An employee watches a broadcast of the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at a restaurant in California on Oct 22, 2020.
An employee watches a broadcast of the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at a restaurant in California on Oct 22, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

By the standards of the first shouting match, the second and last presidential debate of the campaign in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night was almost boring.

Certainly, it was spirited, and there were personal barbs. But it was more focused and more disciplined.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2020, with the headline 'Face-off more focused, but unlikely to shift public opinion'. Print Edition | Subscribe