The first debate between President Donald J. Trump and Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden will take place on Tuesday September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
As it turns out, issues pertaining to veterans, war and peace, and the military will be front and center.
On the one hand, the contrast between the current administration’s policy toward veterans and the policy of the previous administration is very clear. As we at the Coalition for American Veterans have pointed out repeatedly this year, the Obama-Biden policy was one of neglect, disrespect, and mistreatment of our nation’s veterans.
The President has won wide support among veterans for rooting out corruption, improving the delivery of healthcare, and calling upon our nation to give the highest honor and respect to our nation’s heroes.
However, Biden and the Democrats have accused the President of mocking and insulting veterans. The President has bristled with anger at these accusations, indicating that the gloves are off as we head into the first debate.
When Donald Trump was elected, the Democrats went wild with predictions that the President would recklessly lead us into a world war. No doubt – President Trump can point to his actual record:
- Standing up to North Korea, China, and Iran with diplomacy, trade sanctions, and economic pressure. Keeping these adversaries in check has avoided war – and has actually decreased the likelihood of war.
- Defeating the ISIS caliphate, and killing terrorist leaders such as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. This has sharply reduced the terrorist threat to our nation.
- Promoting peace agreements between Israel and key Arab nations, further stabilizing and reducing tensions in the Middle East.
- Bringing our heroic troops home from Afghanistan, while at the same time rebuilding, strengthening, and resupplying our military as part of a “peace through strength” deterrence strategy.
How Biden will respond to these issues is up in the air. When he served as Vice President, the Obama-Biden administration talked a lot about ending the wars in the Middle East, but only had one disaster after another (Benghazi, Syrian refugee crisis). And Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris is a strong supporter of restoring the Obama-Biden nuclear deal with the Iranian terrorists.
But knowing Biden’s frequent problems with putting forward clear ideas and coherent sentences, combined with President Trump’s aggressive and combative approach, the heat will be on in Cleveland on debate night.
In a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, and by lawlessness and violence in our cities, many observers believe the presidential election could be very close. With issues of concern to veterans coming to the fore, a high turnout by veterans and their supporters could very well make the difference.