Biden breaks single-hour record for donations after contentious debate

Donations poured into the Joe Biden campaign after he and President Trump sparred in their first debate and he raised $3.8 million

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If you saw any portion of last night’s presidential debate you were likely shocked not just how contentious it was but how much is at stake in November if President Donald Trump remains in office. The president was at times bellicose, rude, and downright belligerent and even Fox News host Chris Wallace who moderated seemed stunned by his inability to stick to his appointed times to speak.

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The millions who tuned in who may have been undecided voters or already Joe Biden supporters but they responded not just with disbelieving social media posts but also money. According to CNBC, Biden’s single-hour donation record was broken as monies poured into his campaign coffers. His campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, announced that $3.8M was raised between 10 and 11 p.m. on a post-debate call with the media.

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The Democratic National Committee also reported record donations between 11 p.m. and midnight, though a specific figure was not specified, according to Now This is News.

“Joe Biden spoke directly to the American people tonight and they are responding,” Bedingfield told reporters.

While the debate motivated voters to spend, the death of progressive Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Sept. 18 also propelled would-be Biden supporters into donating more than $300M in small-dollar donations.

Trump has yet to release post-debate numbers, but Now This is News says that the campaign has mismanaged so many millions of dollars that Trump has considered putting up some of his own money.

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A broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is played on a TV at The Abbey, which seated patrons at socially distanced outdoor tables, on September 29, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. The debate being held in Cleveland, Ohio is the first of three scheduled debates between Trump and Biden. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Despite his debate performance and Biden’s strong showing in campaign fundraising, sources say that Trump is undeterred in his confidence about reelection. A “prominent Republican” told Vanity Fair that Trump believed he won the debate, though even some in his camp thought he’s in trouble.

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“The thing about the debate is people got to see why no one that has any integrity can work for Trump, the unnamed Republican says. “This is what Trump is like in the Oval Office every day. It’s why [John] Kelly left. It’s why [Jim] Mattis quit. Trump doesn’t let anyone else speak. He really doesn’t care what you have to say. He demeans people. He talks over them. And everyone around him thinks it’s getting worse.”

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