President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in the first presidential debate Tuesday night, hosted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
Near the end of the debate, the moderator turned to election integrity. Wallace asked how confident Americans should be that the election will be fair.
Biden urged citizens to vote, whether in person or by mail. He cited Trump administration officials as he assured that there’s “no chance at all that mail-in ballots are a source of manipulation or cheating.”
Trump has repeatedly warned, without evidence, that an expected flood of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic will lead to massive fraud in the 2020 election. Just last week, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost to Biden in the election.
“He’s trying to scare people into thinking that it’s not going to be legitimate,” Biden said of Trump. “Show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election.”
In response, Trump continued to sow doubts about the election outcome.
“This is not going to end well,” Trump said. “This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen.”
He also returned to his well-worn attacks against the Obama administration for “spying on my campaign.”
“They came after me trying to do a coup,” Trump said. “We’ve caught ’em all.”
“President Obama, he knew about it too,” Trump added, “So don’t tell me about a free transition.”
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