President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden faced off in a debate. It was on September 29. Each made a case for why voters should pick him in the 2020 election.
Trump stood by his record. He thinks he’ll win. “I think we’re going to do well,” he said. “People are really happy with the job we’ve done.”
Biden said Americans want change. “Show up and vote,” he said. “You have it in your control to determine what this country is going to look like [for] the next four years.”OLIVIER DOULIERY—GETTY IMAGES/POOL
Days later, Trump made an announcement. He’d tested positive for COVID-19. The news caused concern among Americans. At press time, Trump was still undergoing treatment. Election Day is just weeks away. Early voting has already begun. This has been an election season like no other.
Meet the Candidates
The Constitution says a president can serve two four-year terms. Trump took office in 2017. His vice president is Mike Pence. They are Republicans.
If reelected, Trump has said he’ll rebuild the U.S. economy. It has suffered because of the pandemic. “We built the greatest economy in the history of the world. And we are doing it again,” he said. He was speaking at a rally. It was in Swanton, Ohio. That was on September 21.CHRIS CARLSON—GETTY IMAGES/POOL
Before he became president, Trump had a career in business. He built hotels and apartments. And he hosted a TV show. Pence was the governor of Indiana. And he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He did so for 12 years.
Biden is a Democrat. He was President Barack Obama’s vice president. That was from 2009 to 2017. Before that, Biden was a U.S. senator. He represented the state of Delaware. He served in the Senate for 36 years.ALEX WONG—GETTY IMAGES
Biden promised to get the pandemic under control. “You can’t fix the economy until you fix the COVID crisis,” he said. That was on at the debate on September 29.
Kamala Harris is Biden’s running mate. She’s a U.S. senator from California. If elected, she’d be the country’s first female vice president. Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Asian descent on a major party’s presidential ticket . Her parents came to the U.S. from Jamaica and India.SARA D. DAVIS—GETTY IMAGES
Other people are running for president too. None is expected to win a large share of the votes.
The Home Stretch
Usually, presidential candidates travel the country. They meet with voters. But this election is different. That’s because of the pandemic. Many campaign events have been held virtually. The candidates have made fewer in-person appearances.
Trump’s illness has shaken up the election. But he and Biden continue to fight for votes. Americans await the results. The winning candidate is scheduled to be sworn in on Inauguration Day. It will be January 20, 2021.