Traci Shellman and Ahnyah Phillips. (Courtesy Photos)

By Lana Shellman
Special to the AFRO

During the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Sept. 30, both candidates went back and forth discussing their stance on six topics as well as trying to convince Americans why the other candidate’s position is wrong. 

At the start, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Trump if he had a health care plan to replace Obamacare, since he wanted to eliminate it. Trump avoided the question and cut off Wallace, making it hard to hear what either candidate was saying. Biden responded and said Trump did not have a plan and that “this man does not know what he is talking about.”

The debate continued and became heated. Trump continuously cut the moderator and Biden off, and at one point Biden directly told the 45th president to “shut up!” 

Biden berated Trump on his handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Since January, more than 200,000 Americans have died from the virus. 

At a virtual presidential debate viewing party, Traci Shellman, a corporate executive and mother from Upper Marlboro, Md. said, “My vote will not change. Joe Biden all the way. Let’s make it happen.” 

Ahnyah Phillips, 22, also of Upper Marlboro, said, “I hope this debate will open the eyes of the American people and make them realize the importance of voting.”