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Roundtable: The Ugly Debate

President Donald Trump, left, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice P...

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Above: President Donald Trump, left, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaking during the first presidential debate with moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, center, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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The presidential debates get off to a chaotic start, what you need to know about the upcoming KPBS Voter Guide, and a look at the race to replace Rep. Susan Davis in Congress.

Aired: October 2, 2020 | Transcript


Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News

Alexander Nguyen, web producer, KPBS News

Matt Hoffman, reporter, KPBS News

KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio and at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV. Encore presentation Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV.

The Debate From Hell

The two presidential candidates squared off Tuesday night in Cleveland and it was a loud, chaotic mess marked by constant interruptions and insults. President Donald Trump launched dozens of lies and falsehoods, failed to give a clear repudiation of white supremacy, and refused to call on supporters to remain peaceful in the post-election period. Former Vice-President Joe Biden responded by calling the President a clown and telling him to shut up. The commission that produces the debates is now weighing potential changes to the two remaining events.

RELATED: Trump On Defensive Over White Supremacist Group After Debate Comments

Keeping Voters Informed Online

On Monday, KPBS launches its 2020 Voter Guide for the general election. The online resource gives readers detail on the candidates and issues. Web producer Alexander Nguyen plays a role in putting the Voter Guide together and will explain what to expect in this latest version. We also discuss ways to spot disinformation campaigns that attempt to influence voters.

Who Will Replace Rep. Susan Davis?

This week we check on the race in the 53rd Congressional District that will replace retiring Rep. Susan Davis. Two Democrats, Georgette Gómez and Sarah Jacobs, advanced from the March primary. Gómez is running her campaign while also balancing her duties as San Diego City Council President. Jacobs, granddaughter of Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs, worked in the Obama State Department and unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the 49th Congressional District in 2018.

RELATED: San Diego Democratic Party — Again — Accuses Sara Jacobs Of ‘Misleading’ Statements

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