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Debate veers from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'

The two candidates debated Tuesday night. The two candidates debated Tuesday night. | 

JILL COLVIN, AAMER MADHANI and PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS
Created: September 29, 2020 10:40 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tuesday's presidential debate started out civil enough, with President Donald Trump striding deliberately to his lectern and Democrat Joe Biden nodding to his opponent and offering, “How you doing, man?”

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But within 15 minutes, the interruptions and talking over one another had deteriorated to the point that Biden blurted out, “Will you shut up, man?”

At one point moderator Chris Wallace chided Trump for doing most of the interrupting.

For voters still undecided about who’d better handle the multiple crises that have best the nation, the debate may not have offered anything new.

There were no handshakes to start the first presidential debate of the general election. The traditional nicety was a casualty of the ongoing pandemic.

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JILL COLVIN, AAMER MADHANI and PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS

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