September 30, 2020 - Wednesday
First Presidential Debate: Clear Policy Contrast Shines Through Amid Crosstalk
September 30, 2020
In the first presidential debate last night, President Donald Trump emphasized that the Left's agenda is too radical for Americans to accept. And that's why the Democratic party and their media allies are determined to make this election about personality, not policy.
There are almost never winners in debates, but last night there were losers, including the moderator, Fox News host Chris Wallace. An avid Trump critic, he failed to control the debate, and argued with President Trump almost as much as Joe Biden did. This made it hard, and at times impossible, to understand what the candidates were saying. For folks who actually want to know where candidates stand on the issues, FRC Action has a voter guide. The voter guide is also available in Spanish.
However, you could summarize Joe Biden's debate strategy in one line: "I'm not going to answer the question." That's how he responded when asked whether he would pack the Supreme Court with additional justices. And that's really the only answer he could give, trapped as he is between placating his radical base and appealing to swing voters in critical swing states.
And that's how Joe Biden approached a host of other issues. When President Trump alleged Biden would shut down the economy, usher in socialized medicine, and pass the Green New Deal, Biden only had one response: deny, deny, deny.
His continual non-answers made one thing clear: Joe Biden is not in control of his party. Of course, he'd like you to believe otherwise. "I am the Democratic Party right now," said Biden. "The fact of the matter is, I beat Bernie Sanders." But his insistence would be more convincing if he hadn't signed a 110-page "unity" document with the Sanders wing of the party, in which Joe Biden caved on nearly every issue. As a result of this policy document, Bernie Sanders said Joe Biden would be "most progressive president since FDR."
When President Trump brought up the unity document, Joe Biden tried to deflect attention to the party platform, trusting people to not read it. "The platform of the Democratic Party is what I in fact approved of," he said. The 2020 platform of the Democratic Party is the most radical platform ever adopted by a major party in the United States. Among other things, it rejects the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for elective abortion, endorses the Equality Act, which would codify special LGBT rights and demote religious freedom, elevates the LGBT agenda in education, and dismisses religious liberty concerns. FRC Action compares the party platforms, which is also available in Spanish.
In fact, the Democratic platform, which Joe Biden endorses, includes provisions he opposed only recently, such as eliminating the Hyde Amendment. Until recently, nearly every member of Congress could agree that federal tax dollars should not pay for abortions. This only goes to show there's no policy issue on which the Democratic party of Joe Biden will not cave to the radical Left.
Joe Biden also nominated Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, who was named the "most liberal senator" in the U.S. Senate in 2019.
Many voters may be turned off by the argumentative nature of last night's debate. But the reality is there is a clear policy distinction. The media and the Democrats are trying their hardest to make this election about personality because they know they have an agenda most Americans oppose, and they're trying to hide that as much as possible.
Every election has consequences. That's why it is so critical in this election for us to pray, vote, and stand.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.