President Trump and Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden faced off in dueling town-hall events on Thursday night instead of debating on the same stage, with the Democrat quickly attacking the president’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and Mr. Trump defending his actions.
Mr. Biden, in Philadelphia on ABC, blasted the president’s handling of the pandemic as inept and deceptive.
“Americans didn’t panic — he panicked,” Mr. Biden said. “There is a presidential responsibility to lead, and he didn’t do it.”
He questioned the administration’s ability to provide an eventual vaccine quickly to the public, claiming, “There is no plan to figure out how to distribute it.”
In Miami, Mr. Trump said on NBC that his actions have saved the lives of many Americans, by closing travel to China early in the crisis and taking other steps.
“Dr. Fauci said I saved thousands and thousands of lives,” Mr. Trump said of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and