US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden faced each other during meet-the-voter TV events for US election 2020.
Republican President Trump declined to disown the online conspiracy. While Joe Biden would not divulge plans for the Supreme Court.
Note that opinion polls indicate Mr. Biden is leading over Mr. Trump. But polling is still very close in many key states.
US election 2020: Key moments of Donald Trump
The president was about the QAnon conspiracy theory during his primetime event hosted by TV network NBC in Miami, Florida. When moderator Savannah Guthrie asked Mr. Trump whether he would reject them, he replied: “I know nothing about QAnon.”
QAnon’s theory’s adherents thought that Trump is facing a clandestine network of elites, often involving Satanic plots and child trafficking.
Ms. Guthrie said she had just told him about the group, which has been labeled a potential terrorist threat by the FBI.
Trump said, “I know nothing about it, I do know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard.”
However, Trump declared for the first time that he would accept a peaceful transfer of power. “And then they talk, ‘will you accept a peaceful transfer,'” Mr. Trump said. “And the answer is, ‘Yes, I will.’ But I want it to be an honest election, and so does everybody else.”
US election 2020: Key moments of Joe Biden
Joe Biden objected when asked during the ABC TV network’s town hall in Philadelphia whether he supported court-packing.
The former vice-president, who served under Barack Obama, gave conflicting answers again on Thursday night, at first saying: “I have not been a fan of court-packing. I’m not a fan.”
However, the moderator George Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Biden if he would expand the number of justices if Republicans confirmed Mr. Trump’s current nominee for an existing vacancy on the nine-seat Supreme Court.
“I’m open to considering what happens from that point on,” he said, though he declined to reveal his stance on the issue.
“Depending on how they handle this,” he added.
Joe Biden was also asked if his role in helping draft the 1994 crime bill. “Yes it was,” he said. “But here’s where the mistake came: the mistake came in terms of what the states did locally.”
“It [the bill] had a lot of other things in it that turned out to be both bad and good,” he added.