Democratic challenger Joe Biden edged out President Donald Trump in the first 2020 presidential debate, according to CBS News’ instant post-debate poll.

Iran Press/America: The first presidential debate devolved into chaos and an unrelenting volley of personal attacks Tuesday night as President Donald Trump derailed the night by repeatedly talking over former Vice President Joe Biden, who responded with jabs at the President at one point calling him a clown and "the worst president that America has ever had."

Trump attacked Biden and interrupted him during his answers on every subject. The technique led Biden to lose his train of thought on key points early in the debate, though he grew more and more used to Trump's attacks as the night went on.

During a discussion about the explosive new reports from The New York Times that Trump paid little or no federal income taxes during much of the past two decades, Biden had tried to pivot into an argument about fairness, noting that the average schoolteacher paid more in taxes than Trump, but the President derailed him with his interruptions.

Democratic challenger Joe Biden edged out President Donald Trump in the first 2020 presidential debate, according to CBS News’ instant post-debate poll.

After a chaotic, at-times completely incoherent debate where the president constantly and unabashedly interrupted not just Biden but moderator Chris Wallace, debate watchers gave the win to Biden by seven percentage points, 48% – 41%, with 10% calling the event a tie.

Though Biden won according to a plurality of debate watchers, they also offered an overwhelming verdict on the tone of the event, which was marked by incessant insults and heckling from the president.

And that negative tone did not sit well with those surveyed, who by more than a two-to-one margin said the debate made them feel “annoyed.”

Only one in six — 17% — said they felt “informed” after the first of three presidential debates.


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