Top moments from final Trump, Biden face-off

The former vice president blasted Trump’s handling of the pandemic as the president pushed back on Biden’s health care plans and claims about his son Hunter Biden.
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But we do have that critical final showdown between president trump and Joe Biden. We certainly D the two candidates taking the stage together for the very last time before the election. 11 days away. Look at this. Nearly 50 million people have already cast their ballots. That is more than 35% of the total voters in 2016. What a difference muted mvenlt ics can make. Fewer interruptions and you could hear the candidates make their case but the clashes were still stark and clear on the pandemic, health care, personal corruption and race. Mary Bruce is in Nashville with all the highlights. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, this was a far more civil affair than their first debate but it was just as contentious without the constant interrupting, the stark contrasts between the two was laid bare and the president reined in his outbursts. Down in the polls he needed a win but Joe Biden refused to sit on that lead and came out swinging. Right out the gate Joe Biden determined to make clear what is at stake in this election. 220,000 Americans dead. You hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this, anyone that is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America. President trump forced to go on defense. I take full responsibility. It's not my fault that it came here. It's China's fault. Reporter: In their first face-off since trump's diagnosis with covid, the candidates with polar opposite predictions. We're about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter, and he has no clear plan. He says you have no plan. We're opening up our country. Reporter: Despite cases currently rising in at least 40 states trump says the worst is behind us. It will go away and as I say, we're rounding the turn, we're rounding the corner. It's going away. Reporter: He insists it's time the country get back to We have no choice. We can't lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does. He has the -- I'd love to put myself in the basement or a beautiful room in the white house and go away for a year and a half until it disappears. Reporter: Biden says trump is not taking it seriously. The way he responded to this crisis has been absolutely tragic. He says we're, you know, we're learning to live wit. People are lerring to die with Reporter: Trump pressed on where his health care plan is. He's been promising it for over a year. What I would like to do is a much better health care, we'll always protect people with pre-existing. There is no way he can protect pre-existing conditions. None, zero. You can't do it in the ether. Reporter: He tried to paint him as backing socialized medicine linking him to the far When he says public option he's talking about socialized medicine and -- health care. Bernie Sanders wants it. The Democrats want it. You're going to have socialist medicine. He thinks he's running against somebody else. He's running against Joe Biden. I beat all those other people because I disagreed with them. Reporter: As expected the president went personal attacking Biden and his son hunter making unverified claims that Biden improperly profited from his son's business endeavors in Ukraine and China. He is the vice president of the United States and his son, his brother and his other brother are getting rich. They're like a vacuum cleaner. They're sucking up money. Thank you. Reporter: Biden flatly denying the claims. I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever. There's a reason for it. He doesn't want to talk about the substantive issues. Reporter: He went on the offensive over the president's own foreign business dealings. The guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy. The only guy that made money from China is this guy. Reporter: And trump's taxes. I have released all of my tax returns, 22 years. I'm going to release them as soon as we K I want to do it. Nobody tells you that -- Reporter: Biden attempting to get it back on track talking directly to the American people. It's not about his family and my family but your family and your family is hurting badly. Reporter: On immigration forced to defend his controversial child separation policy. According to a report advocates still can't find the parents of more than 500 children separated by the trump administration. Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels and they're brought here and they used to use them to get into our country. Kids were ripped from their arms and separated and those kids are alone. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to go. It's criminal. They are so well taken care of. They're in facilities that were so clean. Reporter: According to a medical declaration obtained by ABC news a doctor who inspected the largest immigration holding center in the country in 2019 compared conditions there to, quote, torture facilities. And when pushed on race -- I am the least racist person in this room. Reporter: Biden flat out labeling him a racist. He pours fuel on every single racist fire, every single one. This guy has a dog whistle as big as a foghorn. Reporter: 11 days to go the debate the last best chance to make a closing argument. Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job I would have never run. You know who I am. You know who he is. You know his character. You know my character. You know our reputations for honor and telling the truth. The character of the country is on the ballot. Our character is on the ballot. Look at us closely. Reporter: The big question now, of course, is whether any of this will move the needle or shift this race at all or whether it's simply too late especially with nearly 50 million ballots already cast. George. Mary Bruce, thanks very much.

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