Over the course of the night, Biden took questions ranging from farming regulations, the military presence in Afghanistan, to how he would approach the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden made a few errors and misleading statements on the drive-in stage. Here’s a look at the facts:
Biden claimed Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contradicted President Donald Trump’s stance on mask usage by suggesting widespread mask wearing could save 100,000 lives between now and January.
“By the way, his own CDC director contradicted him recently. He said, if, in fact, you just wore this mask, nothing else but this mask, you would save between now and January another 100,000 lives,” Biden said.
Facts First: While Redfield did advocate for wearing masks to stop the spread of coronavirus in a congressional hearing Wednesday, and Trump did later say that Redfield misspoke, CNN could not find any record of Redfield providing these specific numbers concerning the number of lives that could be saved by mask-wearing.
“I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings,” Redfield added. “I’ve said it, if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, we’d bring this pandemic under control.”
He made headlines for further saying, “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take the Covid vaccine.”
CNN has reached out to the CDC for comment.
Bible and bunker
During the town hall, Biden attacked Trump for posing for pictures while holding a Bible in front of a church across from the White House after protesters were forcibly removed from a park across from the White House. Biden suggested that Trump held the Bible upside down, and then retreated back to a bunker.
Biden said the protesters were removed so Trump could “walk across to a Protestant church and hold a Bible upside down — I don’t know if he ever opened it — upside down, and then go back to a bunker in the White House.”
Facts First: Biden gets two facts wrong here. Trump did not hold a Bible upside down and his visit to the bunker was a few days before this event.
According to Biden, the media claimed his election would set a precedent.
“When you guys started talking on television about Biden, if he wins will be the first person without an Ivy League degree to be elected President, I’m thinking who the hell makes you think I have to have an Ivy League degree to be President?”
Biden expressed incredulity that Attorney General William Barr had said pandemic lockdowns are “equivalent to slavery.”
State of the Union
During the town hall, Biden criticized Trump for not warning the US about the coronavirus during this year’s State of the Union address.
“Imagine had (Trump) at the State of the Union stood up and said — when back in January I wrote an article for USA Today saying, ‘We’ve got a pandem-we’ve got a real problem’ — imagine if he had said something. How many more people would be alive?” Biden said.
Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.
CNN’s Daniel Dale contributed to this report.