President Donald Trump slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during the final presidential debate on Thursday night over Biden’s previous remarks about fracking.
Biden responded to Trump’s comments and challenged the president to prove his claims with video and the president responded by doing just that.
“We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world,” Trump said. “But if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry. And what about fracking? Now we have to ask him about fracking.”
“I have never said I oppose fracking,” Biden claimed.
“You said it on tape,” Trump fired back.
“I—show the tape, put it on your website,” Biden yelled. “The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.”
Within a matter of moments, Trump’s team tweeted out a video of Biden making the remarks.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020
Transcript from the video that Trump tweeted out showing Biden’s past remarks on fracking:
DANA BASH, CNN HOST: Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?
BIDEN: No, we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those.
BIDEN TALKING TO YOUNG PERSON: I guarantee you, we’re going to end fossil fuel.
BIDEN AT MSNBC DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: No more, no new fracking.
BIDEN DURING CNBC INTERVIEW: I’d gradually move away from fracking.
KAMALA HARRIS, DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, AT CNN TOWN HALL: And I think it’s critically important on day one that we end any fossil fuel leases on public lands.
VOTER: But, like, what about, say, stopping fracking and stopping … pipeline and structure…
BIDEN TALKING TO VOTER: Yes. Yes. No pipeline, exactly.
BIDEN AT RALLY: They want to do the same thing I want to do; they want to phase out fossil fuels and we’re going to phase out fossil fuels.
HARRIS AT CNN TOWN HALL: There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking.
Even CNN acknowledged that Trump was telling the truth about Biden’s past comments about fracking and that Biden was lying.
“In this case, Trump is correct,” fact-checker and Trump critic Daniel Dale said. “Biden did make anti-fracking comments during the Democratic primary in 2019 and 2020 and Trump was not lying.”
CNN FACT CHECK: "So in this case, Trump is correct. Biden did make anti-fracking comments during the Democratic primary in 2019 and 2020. And Trump was not lying." #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/0xiGVPIah6
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) October 23, 2020
The Republican National Committee (RNC) slammed Biden in a statement following the conclusion of the debate, saying, “President Trump dominated tonight’s debate by aggressively highlighting that he has accomplished more for the American people in the past 47 months than Joe Biden did in 47 years as a failed and corrupt career politician.”
“Despite the media working overtime to shield Biden from any scrutiny, tonight voters saw for themselves how for years Joe Biden peddled political access to enrich his family members while neglecting the concerns of hardworking Americans,” the statement continued. “In addition to Biden’s now irrefutable corruption, President Trump was able to remind voters that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are running on the most extreme agenda in American history; an agenda that would implement the largest tax increase ever, end U.S. energy independence and pave the way for socialized medicine.”
“The debate stage showed the clear choice Americans face between Joe Biden’s corruption and far-left policies versus President Trump’s record of results for all Americans,” the statement concluded. “Whether it is building the strongest economy in history or standing up to our adversaries, President Trump has delivered on the promises he made to the American people. President Trump proved once again tonight that he continues to be the right man for the job. In 12 days, Americans are going to reject Joe Biden’s radical agenda and re-elect President Trump.”
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