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“This Was Truly, Truly Awful.” Experts Weigh In On First Presidential Debate

Lucas Sankey
On Tuesday, President Trump and Former Vice President Biden faced off in a debate that experts consider unprecedented in tone.

Tuesday marked the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season, with President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden viciously facing off in front of moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Megan Goldberg of Cornell College for an analysis of last night’s chaotic debate.

Both guests also take a look at Monday’s senate debate, featuring Senator Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.


  • Dennis Goldford, professor of political science, Drake University
  • Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics, Cornell College
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa