Analyzing key takeaways from final debate

Pete Buttigieg, a former primary rival turned member of Biden’s transition team, and Republican strategist Sara Fagen weigh in on both candidates' performances.
4:08 | 10/23/20

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Mary Bruce, thanks very much. Let's bring in Pete buttigieg, now a member of the transition team. Did Joe Biden close the deal last night? Yes, he made a powerful closing argument because he was focused on the American people. He looked right into the camera, right at us and told us what he was going to do to make lives better and the president characteristically mocked him for it. You know, the tempo was a little bit slower, but the song was the same. And I think when they stepped on that stage, president trump was losing and as the sun comes up this morning, president trump is still losing because he did nothing to explain to the American people what he will do to improve his miserable record on dealing with the pandemic, on our divided country, especially over race or any of the other areas where he just hasn't delivered. Hillary Clinton had a lead coming into the third debate four years ago and ended up losing to Donald Trump. What worries you right now? Well, you know, any Democrat I think remembers the experience of 2016 and is determined to make sure this time around we turn out every vote. It's why we know that this race is going to be close, especially in these critical swing states, we're asking everyone to make a plan to vote if you haven't voted already, to vote early if you can. To go to to double-check your registration and get information about how and where to vote. Make no mistake, even though Joe Biden is leading, it doesn't mean much if we don't actually get there and vote. That's why I've been traveling to swing states and we're going to make sure that we ask every American who cares about the future, who cares about getting out of this pandemic, who cares about making the economy actually work for us to make their voice heard at the ballot box. The president and his team seem to think they drew blood on Joe Biden near the end of the debate when they talked about fracking and Joe Biden's plan for a transition out of 9 oil industry. Was blood drawn. Look, we have a very simple choice. A president who is going to do something about climate change before it ruins our futures and that's Joe Biden or a president who says it's a hoax and won't do anything about it. Joe Biden acknowledged the reality that America, frankly, for the last 50 years has been evolving into our energy and in the next years will continue to need to do so and move to eventually a carbon neutral society. While the president doubled down on the crazy uncle approach saying windmills kill all the birds. Whatever that means. The choice couldn't be clear he. With climate as with the pandemic a president who doesn't believe in science puts American lives at risk. Pete buttigieg, thanks. Let's bring in Sara Fagen. The president had a better debate last night but did he do enough to change the dynamic of the race? Well, two things needed to happen for the president to have a successful night. He needed to do a good job and articulate the choice in the election and I think he accomplished that. On the other hand he really needed Joe Biden to make a major I did not see that. I do think we're going to continue to talk about energy in the coming days. I think Joe Biden hurt himself in the critical state of Pennsylvania, in a close race that could matter. But fundamentally I don't think this race changed a lot after last night. So now 11 days to go. How does the president close the deal? What can he do now? He's not only got to get undecided votes but take votes away from Joe Biden. He does. He polls under a generic Republican in many polls. It suggests he has an opportunity so if he does the following things, he presents this as a choice, the parties could not be more far apart. The lurch to the left by the democratic party on health care, on immigration, on energy, especially energy which we talked about last night, most Americans like Donald Trump's policies. Too many of them do not like his style. He cannot make any major gaffes in the next week. He's got to be calm on the trail. He's got to present the choice and he has to give us a little more substance about what he's going to do in the next four Sara Fagen, thanks very much.

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