President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden take the debate stage Tuesday evening in the first of three meetings between the Republican and Democratic candidates running for the White House.
Throughout the day — and throughout the debate, which starts at 6 p.m. Arizona time — reporters at The Arizona Republic and azcentral will keep you up to date on the much-anticipated event. You can watch a livestream of the debate at azcentral.com.
7:45 p.m.: Climate change addressed after all, debate ends
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Environmental activists were incensed that moderator Chris Wallace’s list of proposed topics for Tuesday’s presidential debate did not include climate change.
In a surprise move, the Fox News anchor dedicated a significant portion of the debate’s last half-hour to the topic.
Citing “raging” forest fires in the American West and President Donald Trump’s history of loosening environmental protections, Wallace asked: “What do you believe about the science of climate change, and what will you do in the next four years to confront it?”
Trump said he wants “crystal clean water and air” but without putting businesses “out of commission.” He blamed the wildfires ravaging California on poor forest management.
Wallace pressed again, asking: “What do you believe about the science of climate change?”
“I believe that we have to do everything we can to have immaculate air, immaculate water and do whatever else we can,” Trump responded.