Donald Trump in Second 2020 Presidential Debate

On Abortion: I won't influence how Justices vote on Roe v Wade

Depending on what happens with Roe v. Wade, I think that perhaps it could get sent down to the states, and the states would decide. I also think perhaps nothing will happen. I have not talked to [Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett] about it. It would be inappropriate to talk to her about it. And some people would say, "You can talk to about it." I just think it would be inappropriate. How she's going to rule, you're going to find out perhaps. Or you might not find out. We'll see what happens.
Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Budget & Economy: We have a V-shape recovery; it's coming back

TRUMP: We had the greatest economy in the history of our country last year, including the state of Florida. In Pennsylvania, in North Carolina, in Ohio, every place. We had the greatest economy we ever had. We had to close it down, we saved two million lives. We're opening it up. We have a V-shape and it's coming back. It's coming back very fast.

BIDEN: When you allow people to get back in the game and have a job, everything moves. Right now, you got the opposite. Last year during this pandemic, the wealthiest billionaires in the nation, made another $700 billion. He talks about a V-shape recovery. It's a K shape recovery. If you're on the top, you're going to do very well. If you're in the middle or the bottom, your income is coming down. You're not getting a raise.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Civil Rights: I denounce white supremacy; and I denounce ANTIFA

Q: You were asked at the first debate, point blank, to denounce white supremacy. In the moment, you didn't. A couple of days later, you denounced white supremacy.

TRUMP: You always do this. I denounce white supremacy. Okay? I've denounced white supremacy, for years, but you always do it. You didn't ask Joe Biden, whether or not he denounces Antifa.

Q: This is a little bit of a dodge.

TRUMP: Are you listening? I denounce white supremacy. What's your next question?

Q: It feels sometimes you're hesitant to do so, like you wait a beat.

TRUMP: Hesitant? Here we go again. My people said, "I'm sure they'll ask you the white supremacy question." I denounce white supremacy. And frankly, you want to know something? I denounce ANTIFA, and I denounce these people on the left that are burning down our cities, that are run by Democrats who don't know what they're doing.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Corporations: If we raise tax rates, companies will leave the country

Q: What do you say to Americans why you want the corporate tax rate lower and why that helps them?

TRUMP: Our corporate taxes were the highest in the world, and now they're among the lower taxes. They're not the lowest, but they're among the lowest. That means jobs. If we get in, we're going to do the middle income tax package. If [Biden] comes along and raises rates, all those companies that are coming in, they will leave the U.S. so fast your head will spin. We can't let that happen.

BIDEN: About $1.3 trillion of the $2 trillion in his cuts went to the top one-tenth of 1%. That's what I'm talking about eliminating, not all the tax cuts. You have 91 out of the Fortune 500 companies not paying a single solitary penny. If you raise the corporate tax back to 28%, which is a fair tax, you'd raise one trillion, three hundred billion dollars. If you made sure that people making over $400 grand paid what they did [under] Bush, 39.6%, you would raise another $92 billion

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Crime: Strong on law enforcement AND on enforcing law on police

Q: How do you prevent the kind of policing that results in police-on-civilian tragedies?

TRUMP: We have a Senator named Tim Scott from South Carolina. He came up with a bill that should have been approved. It was great. It was a bill that was strong in terms of law enforcement, and strong in terms of enforcing the proper thing, and doing the proper thing by law enforcement. And the Democrats just wouldn't go for it. They wouldn't go for it at all. And I don't know why, because it was a really great bill.

BIDEN: One of the things that has to change is so many cops get called into circumstances where somebody is mentally off. That's why we have to provide within police departments psychologists and social workers to go out with the cops on those calls, some of those 911 calls to de-escalate the circumstance, to deal with talking them down. We shouldn't be defunding cops. We should be mandating the things that we should be doing within police departments and make sure there's total transparency.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Education: I got funding for HBCUs for ten years

Q: What about HCBUs?

BIDEN: I provide for a $70 billion for HBCUs for them to be able to have the wherewithal to do what other universities can do, because they don't have the kind of foundational support they need.

TRUMP: I have done more for the African American community than any president, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. Criminal justice reform, prison reform, historically Black colleges and universities. I got them funded. They were on a year to year basis. They could have been put out of business. As soon as our country had a little bad year, they would have said, "I'm sorry, we're not going to fund you." I got them 10 year funding and financing. And more than they even asked for. And of course, opportunity zones. But criminal justice reform, everybody said it could not be done. President Obama and Biden never even tried to do it. I have a great relationship because of what I've done with the African-American community. I'm very proud of it.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Families & Children: I don't know about QAnon; but I agree on opposing pedophilia

Q: Let me ask you about QAnon. It is this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of. Can you state that that is completely not true?

TRUMP: I know nothing about QAnon.

Q: I just told you.

TRUMP: What you tell me, doesn't necessarily make it fact. I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it. If you'd like me to study the subject--

Q: They believe that there's a Satanic cult run by the deep state.

TRUMP: I'll tell you what I do know about. I know about Antifa--

Q: Republican Senator Ben Sasse said, "QAnon is nuts and real leaders call conspiracy theories."

TRUMP: He may be right.

Q: Why not just say, "it's crazy and not true?"

TRUMP: I just don't know about QAnon. What I do hear about it, is they are very strongly against pedophilia. And I agree with that very strongly.

Q: But there's not a Satanic pedophile cult being?

TRUMP: I have no idea. I know nothing about them.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Government Reform: The only way I can lose is with massive voter fraud

Q: You have said, "The only way we lose this election is, if it is rigged." That is simply not true.

TRUMP: When I see unsolicited ballots, being given out by the millions, and thousands of them are dumped in dumpsters. You see ballots with the name Trump, military ballots, and they're dumped in garbage cans.Q: Your own FBI director says there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

TRUMP: He's not doing a very good job. All you have to do is pick up the papers every day. There's a tremendous problem.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Health Care: People with masks can still catch coronavirus

BIDEN: From March on, I started wearing masks. And what's Trump doing? Nothing. He's still not wearing masks.

Q: At the event [in Oct. 2020] before you tested positive, there was an indoor reception. People were not wearing masks. Shouldn't the White House know better than to hold an event like that?

TRUMP: Well, they do a lot of testing in the White House; they test everybody including me. As far as the mask is concerned, I'm okay with masks. I tell people, "wear a mask." But just the other day, they came out with a statement that 85% of the people that wear masks catch it.

Q: It didn't say that. I know that study.

TRUMP: That's what I heard. Hey, I'm President. I can't be in a basement. I have to be out.

Q: You can see people with a mask, though, right?

TRUMP: I can, but people with masks are catching it all the time. Look at the Governor of Virginia, he was known for a mask. If you look at Thom Tillis, a great guy, he always had a mask, and they caught it.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Health Care: I put in travel ban to China very early, and Europe too

Q: Why did you only put in place a travel ban from China, and not put in place other measures mitigating the spread of COVID-19?

TRUMP: I did put it in very early. Joe Biden was two months behind me, and he called me xenophobic and racist, because I put it in. And it turned out that I was 100% right. I also put it on Europe, very early, because I saw there was a lot of infection in Europe. The news doesn't get out the right answer, because I put on a travel ban far earlier than Dr. Fauci thought it was necessary. I was actually the only one that wanted to put it on. I put it on at the end of January. When I put on the travel ban Joe Biden, and others, said, "This is ridiculous. You don't do that." Well, Dr. Fauci said, I saved thousands and thousands of lives.

BIDEN: All the way back in the beginning of February, I argued that we should be keeping people in China.In February, I did a piece for USA Today saying, "This is a serious problem." Trump denied it. He said it wasn't.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Health Care: Replace ObamaCare with less expensive but great healthcare

BIDEN: [Trump's second term would focus on] trying to get ObamaCare wiped out after 10 million people have already lost their insurance, plus 100 million people with pre-existing conditions.

TRUMP: We got rid of the individual mandate on ObamaCare. By the way, we're always protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and I can't say that more strongly. The problem with ObamaCare, it's not good. We'd like to terminate it, and we want a much less expensive healthcare that's a much better healthcare.

Q: You repealed, but you haven't replaced. You had the Senate and House in Republican hands, and there is not a replacement yet.

TRUMP: Look, we had both houses and what did we do? We got rid of the individual mandate. That went through the legislature.

Q: But the promise was repeal and replace.

TRUMP: We would like to replace it with something that's much less expensive and much better. We will always protect people with preexisting conditions.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Immigration: Cut immigration to protect Americans from infected Mexicans

Because of the pandemic, much changed on the immigration front. Mexico is heavily infected, as you know. And we've made it very, very difficult to come in because of the pandemic, and other reasons, and crime. But we have a very strong border right now, and we have to keep it that way. But we want people to come into our country, but they have to come in through a merit system, and they have to come in legally. What happened is because of the pandemic, we have to be extra cautious.
Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Principles & Values: Retweet opinions: I put it out there; people can decide

Q: You retweeted a conspiracy theory that Biden orchestrated to have Navy SEAL Team Six killed to cover up the fake death of Bin Laden.

TRUMP: I know nothing about it. That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody. I'll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I don't take a position. I do a lot of retweets. The media is so fake, and so corrupt, if I didn't have social media. I don't call it Twitter, I call it social media. I wouldn't be able to get the word out.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Principles & Values: I've done a great job; next year is going to be better

I've done a great job. We have the strongest economy in the world. The vaccines are coming out soon, and our economy is strong. We are at a level with jobs like we've never been before. We've rebuilt our military. We've rebuilt our borders. We've given you the greatest tax cut in the history of our country. Greatest regulation cut, equally as important. We created new levels of jobs that nobody thought was possible. Next year is going to be better than ever before.
Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

On Tax Reform: I am under-leveraged, despite $421 million in debt

Q: The New York Times reports that you owe $421 million--is any owed to foreign sources like the Russians?

TRUMP: I'm very underlevered. I have a very, very small percentage of debt compared. In fact, some of it, I did as favors to institutions that wanted to loan me money. $400 million compared to the assets that I have, all of these great properties all over the world, and frankly, The Bank of America building in San Francisco.

Q: Are you confirming that you do owe some $400 million?Q: Will you release your tax returns so we can see that?

TRUMP: It turned out that I am under audit. No person in their right mind would release, prior to working out the deal with the IRS.

Q: There is no law or rule that prohibits you from releasing your tax returns.

TRUMP: No, except common sense, and intelligence. I would love to release them, and as soon as we come to a conclusion, I will release them, and very gladly.

Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami Oct 15, 2020

The above quotations are from Second Presidential Debate, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami, Florida.
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