Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered sharply different visions of how to handle the surging pandemic, with the incumbent declaring that the virus will go away and his challenger warning that the nation was heading toward "a dark winter." (Oct. 22)
DONALD TRUMP: Hi, Joe. How are you?
KRISTEN WELKER: We will begin with the fight against the coronavirus.
DONALD TRUMP: We have a vaccine that's coming. It's ready. It's going to be announced within weeks, and it's going to be delivered. We have Operation Warp Speed, which is the military is going to distribute the vaccine.
I can tell you from personal experience that I was in the hospital. I had it, and I got better. And I will tell you that I had something that they gave me-- a therapeutic, I guess they would call it. Some people could say it was a cure. But I was in for a short period of time, and I got better very fast or I wouldn't be here tonight.
And now they say I'm immune, whether it's four months or a lifetime. Nobody's been able to say that. But I'm immune.
JOE BIDEN: 220,000 Americans dead. If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this. Anyone who's responsible for not taking control, in fact, not saying I'm-- I take no responsibility initially-- anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.
This is the same fellow told you this is going to end by Easter the last time. This is the same fellow who told you that don't worry we're going to end this by the summer. We're about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter. And he has no clear plan, and there's no prospect that there's going to be a vaccine available for the majority of the American people before the middle of next year.
KRISTEN WELKER: President Trump, your reaction? He says you have no plan.
DONALD TRUMP: I don't think we're going to have a dark winter at all. We're opening up our country. We've learned, and studied, and understand the disease, which we didn't at the beginning. When I closed and banned China from coming in heavily infected and then ultimately Europe-- but China was in January.
Months later, he was saying I was xenophobic. I did it too soon. Now, he's saying, oh, I should have-- I should have, you know, moved quicker. But he didn't move quicker. He was months behind me.