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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming that the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing.

Trump barreled into the debate Tuesday night as unconstrained by the facts as at his rallies, but this time having his campaign opponent and frequently the Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace, calling him out in real time, or trying. Biden stumbled on the record at times as the angry words flew from both men on the Cleveland stage.

Click here for a look at how some of their statements from Cleveland stack up with the facts in the first of three scheduled presidential debates for the Nov. 3 election. The Associated Press reporters are Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden squaring off in the first of three scheduled 2020 presidential campaign debates. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


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