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Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE in the first presidential debate on Tuesday, referring to Trump as a "liar" and a "clown" during a segment on health care as the back-and-forth grew testy. 

"The fact is everything he's saying so far is a lie," Biden told moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Democrats 'would need a blue wave' to take back Senate Biden, Trump pen dueling Fox News op-eds Trump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech MORE. "I'm not here to call out his lies. Everyone knows he's a liar." 

Biden was in the process of answering a question from Wallace on his health care plan. 

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Trump then interjected, prompting Wallace to ask the president to let Biden finish. 

"He doesn't know how to do that," Biden said, to which Trump responded, "You'd be surprised." 

Trump continued to hit Biden on his standing with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saying Biden "just lost the left." 

"You agreed with Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE on a plan," Trump said. 

"Folks, do you have any idea what this clown is doing?" Biden said. "I'll tell you what, he is not for any help for people needing health care because he has in fact already cost 10 million people their health care that they had from their employers because of his recession." 

The heated exchange was one of many that took place within the first half-hour of the debate, which marked the first time Biden and Trump came face to face during the 2020 presidential campaign. 

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Trump and Wallace even appeared to tangle at one point during the debate. 

"Mr. President, I'm the moderator of this debate and I'd like you to let me ask my question," Wallace said.

“I guess I'm debating you, not him,” Trump responded.