Presidential candidates look to move the economy forward, discuss taxes during debate

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CLEVELAND (NewsNation Now) — The nation’s unemployment rate was 8.4% in August, down from 14.7% in April amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a topic many Americans are grappling with as several of the coronavirus-related economic stimulus and economic recovery plans have run out.

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden discussed their plans to regrow the economy in Tuesday’s debate.

Following a weekend report from The New York Times, President Donald Trump’s tax records were also discussed Tuesday.

This came after the report found President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years.

Trump, who has guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid $750 in taxes to the federal government the year he was elected, 2016, and $750 again his first year in office, according to the report.

NewsNation was not able to immediately independently confirm the details of The New York Times report.

Democratic Nominee Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns Friday.

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The two candidates went head-to-head in Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

Topics included the candidate’s records, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence, Supreme Court vacancy, climate change and election integrity.

The presidential election is a little more than a month away, but many states have already begun voting.

NewsNation provided unedited sections of the debate all night, so you can see what both sides said.

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