Donald Trump and Joe Biden meet face-to-face at a distance Thursday in their final match-up in an already angry contest that the president has threatened to blow up even further by launching a series of attacks on the former vice president's son.
Trump left the White House with First Lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate.
It is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a 'virtual' format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.
Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is 'shot' by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward.
Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of 'corruption' just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter's laptop.
Trump complained when town hall interviewer George Stephanopoulos didn't bring up Hunter during his TV talk with Biden last week.
New changes imposed by the bipartisan debate commission will silence the opposite candidate's microphone during opening statements, after widespread denunciations of the first encounter. But they will each be free to interject later in the debate.
Off to Nashville: Donald Trump left for the second debate with First Lady Melania, her first public outing since being diagnosed with COVID
Final showdown: Donald and Melania Trump board Air Force One for Nashville on their way to the second debate with Joe Biden
Good luck: White House staff were lined up on the South Lawn to cheer off the president and first lady on their way to Nashville. The usual practice of inviting outside guests has been canceled for the pandemic
Goodbye: Trump waves to White House staff as he prepares to take off on Marine One for Joint Base Andrews to transfer to Air Force One
On my way: Trump walked hand in hand with Melania on his way from Marine One to Air Force One
One person is masked: An Air Force officer escorting Donald