(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential…
This combination of pictures created Oct. 22, 2020, shows US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden met Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee, in their final debate before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker was the moderator.

Here are some quotes on key topics from each candidate:

COVID-19 pandemic

"We're fighting it and we're fighting it hard. … We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away,” Donald Trump

"If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this. ... Anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America," Joe Biden

"This is the same fellow who told you this is going to end by Easter last time. This is the same fellow who told you that, don't worry, we're going to end this by the summer. We're about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter, and he has no clear plan," Joe Biden

"I don't know if we're going to have a dark winter, and at all. We're opening up our country. We've learned and studied and understand the disease," Donald Trump

North Korea

"He's legitimized North Korea. He's talked about his good buddy (leader Kim Jong Un), who's a thug, a thug. And he talks about how we're better off when North Korea is much more capable of firing a missile that is able to reach U.S. territory," Joe Biden

"You know what? North Korea -- we're not in a war. We have a good relationship," Donald Trump

Health care

"No matter how well you run (the Affordable Care Act), it's no good. What we'd like to do is terminate it. We have the individual mandate done. I don't know that it's going to work. If we don't win (in court) ... we'll have Obamacare but it will be better run," Donald Trump

"People deserve to have affordable health care, period. Period. Period. Period,” Joe Biden


“Those kids are alone. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to go. It's criminal. It makes us a laughingstock and it violates every notion of who we are,” Joe Biden on hundreds of children separated from their parents at the border.

"Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels ... We let people in but they have to come in legally," Donald Trump

Minimum wage

“How are you helping your small businesses when you’re forcing wages? What’s going to happen, and what’s been proven to happen, is when you do that, these small businesses fire many of their employees,” Donald Trump

“There is no evidence that when you raise the minimum wage, businesses go out of business,” Joe Biden

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

What Happens Next?

What It Means to Become President-Elect in the US

In the United States, Democrat Joe Biden is being called the president-elect.

President-elect is a descriptive term not an official office. As such, Biden has no power in the government, and he would not until he is inaugurated at noon on January 20, 2021.

American news networks, which track all of the vote counting, determined on November 7 that Biden’s lead had become insurmountable in Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to be president. Within minutes of determining his lead was mathematically assured, they projected him as the winner.

That is why news organizations, including VOA, are calling Biden the "projected winner."

Sometimes, in the case of particularly close elections, when news networks make this call, the other candidate does not concede victory. President Donald Trump has not done so, alleging voter fraud without substantial evidence and vowing to fight on. The president’s position has left Washington lawmakers divided, with Republicans backing a legal inquiry into allegations of vote fraud, even as they celebrate other congressional lawmakers who won their races.

When will the dispute be resolved?

The U.S. election won’t be officially certified for weeks. In the meantime, court challenges and state recounts could occur.

So far, the Trump administration has not provided evidence for any fraud that could overturn the result, but there is still time for more legal challenges.

Once states have certified the vote, pledged electors then cast their votes in the Electoral College in mid-December. Congress then certifies the overall Electoral College result in early January, about two weeks before Inauguration Day.