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Graphic: The topics the candidates talked about in the first presidential debate

Track what President Donald Trump and Joe Biden talked about and how much they stayed on topic at the first presidential debate.
Image: Joe Biden and President Donald Trump gesture inside green circles on a blue background.
President Donald Trump faced Joe Biden in the first of three presidential debates in Cleveland on Tuesday. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace moderated the debate.Chelsea Stahl / NBC News

The first presidential debate took place Tuesday in Cleveland. President Donald Trump and Joe Biden covered more than a dozen subjects as they made their cases for why they should be president.

The tracker below counts the topics the candidates discussed. Certain debate topics were announced a week ago, with the caveat that other newsworthy subjects could be added.

Read all about the debate on the NBC News live blog of the first presidential debate.