Trump v Biden debate as it happened: First clash descends into chaos
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden is done and dusted - a fiery 90-minute clash that could set the tone for the race to the White House. Recap our blog below.
Six-in-10 debate watchers said former Vice President Joe Biden did the best job in today's debate, and just 28 per cent say President Donald Trump did, according a CNN Poll of debate watchers.
In interviews with the same voters conducted before the debate, 56 per cent said they expected Mr Biden to do the better job while 43 per cent expected that Mr Trump would.
The post-debate result is about the same as the outcome of a post-debate poll in 2016 after the first debate between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton.
In that poll, 62 per cent thought Ms Clinton won the debate, 27 per cent said Mr Trump did.
About two-thirds said Mr Biden's answers were more truthful than Mr Trump's (65 per cent Mr Biden to 29 per cent Mr Trump), and his attacks on the president were more frequently seen as fair.
Overall, 69 per cent called Mr Biden's attacks on Mr Trump fair while just 32 per cent said Mr Trump's attacks were fair.
The survey is designed to be representative of those registered voters who watched today's debate, it does not represent the views of all Americans.
CNN host Jake Tapper has not minced words with his post-debate analysis.
"That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck," he said as the debate ended.
"That was the worst debate I have ever seen. It wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace. And it's primarily because of President Trump."
CNN's Dana Bash was more succinct: "That was a s---show."
Co-host Wolf Blitzer said he would not be surprised if Mr Trump and Mr Biden did not debate again, despite two more events being scheduled.
On NBC, news anchor Lester Holt said the debate was "possibly a low point in American political discourse".
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