United States president has a huge influence on people’s lives both at home and abroad, so when the next election is held on 3rd of November, 2020, the outcome will matter to everyone.
How do the candidates differ in what they are offering?
The two rivals have radically different policies on several key issues.
- On the coronavirus outbreak, Mr Trump set up a task force in January which he says has now shifted its focus to “safety and opening up our country”. The president is also prioritising the speedy development of Covid treatments and vaccines, directing $10bn towards such projects.
Mr Biden wants to set up a national contact-tracing programme, establish at least 10 testing centres in every state, and provide free coronavirus testing to all. He supports a nationwide mask mandate, which would require face coverings to be worn on Federal property.
2. On climate change, Mr Trump, being a skeptic, wants to expand non-renewable energy, and he has committed to withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.
Mr Biden says he would immediately re-join the Paris deal, and he also wants the US to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
3. On the economy, Mr Trump has pledged to create 10 million jobs in 10 months as well as 1 million new small businesses. He wants to deliver an income tax cut and provide companies with tax credits to motivate them to keep jobs in the US.
Mr Biden wants to raise taxes for high earners to pay for investment in public services, but says the increase will only impact those earning over $400,000 a year. He supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15.
Are we going to get a result on election night as usual?
In most United States presidential elections, it can take several days for every vote to be counted, but it’s usually pretty clear who the winner is by the early hours of the following morning.
In 2016, the United States president, Donald Trump took to the stage in New York at about 03:00 local time (21:00 West African Time) to give his victory speech in front of a crowd of jubilant supporters.
But don’t set your alarm clocks just yet. Officials are already warning that we may have to wait longer – possibly days, even weeks – for the result this year because of the expected surge in postal ballots.
The last time the result wasn’t clear within a few hours was in 2000, when the winner wasn’t confirmed until a Supreme Court ruling was made a month later.