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Trump v Biden debate kicks off as president prepares to slam gaffe-prone Dem over son while Joe plans to attack on COVID

PRESIDENT Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden took to the stage on Tuesday night for the first debate of what is expected to be a fierce 2020 campaign.

The debate is the most pivotal chance yet for candidates to outline their visions for a country that is facing crises ranging from the coronavirus to widespread protests over racism and police brutality.

The contest began with a question about filling the vacant Supreme Court seat, which President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill.

Trump opted to come out strongly, yelling over the top of Biden's answers and even clashing with host Chris Wallace of Fox News.

Trump declared Biden a "liar" and spoke over the top of Wallace, "I guess I'm debating you as well as him."

This approached seemed to rile Biden, who at one point told Trump to "shut up, man," and said, "This is so unpresidential."

The pair arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, hoping to energize their campaigns and snap up a small slice of voters that still remain undecided.

Prior to the debate, pundits expected Biden to attack Trump over a recent New York Times expose into the president's tax avoidance.

With just 35 days left until the election, Trump has also been targeted by the Biden campaign over his handling of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. in 2020.

Meanwhile, reports in the buildup to Tuesday's contest surrounded Trump's claims that had Biden refused to have his ears checked for earpieces that could aid his performance during the debate.

Trump is also expected to attack Biden over being gaffe-prone and his tied to foreign countries – such as the claims Trump has touted about Biden's son, Hunter, being tied to Ukraine.

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