Donald Trump vs Joe Biden: How do the Republican and Democratic US election tickets compare?

Donald Trump has launched an all-out attack on the man hoping to succeed him in the White House, dubbing Joe Biden ‘the destroyer of American greatness’. In a typically combative convention speech, the president signalled that the US election is in full swing. Mr Biden has picked Kamala Harris to join him on the Democratic presidential ticket this November and he hopes the California senator offers the best chance of beating Mr Trump and Mike Pence on November 3.  Attention has turned to how the Democratic and Republican pairings match up. Mr Biden and Ms Harris were formally nominated as the presidential and vice presidential candidates at the Democratic convention earlier this month, while Mr Trump and Mr Pence accepted their nominations at the Republican convention. What happens next? Convention speeches are one thing. But the first real test will of these two pairs be during the presidential debates, when the American public will finally see the political opponents face each other on the debate stage. There are three presidential debates scheduled, beginning in September. One vice presidential debate has been scheduled between Mr Pence and Ms Harris in Utah on October 7.   So how do the candidates match up? We analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each politician.  Joe Biden  The election campaign is now in full swing Credit: AFP Strengths: Mr Biden is a centrist Democrat who can appeal to former Obama voters who turned to Mr Trump in 2016 and polls show he is more trusted on issues such as handling the coronavirus than Mr Trump. Americans of all stripes say Mr Biden is the candidate who can unite the country at a time of major divisions.  Weaknesses: Mr Biden's age - he is 77 - has caused concern among voters who fear he may struggle to cope with the demands of the Oval Office. This concern has been exacerbated by his long track record of making gaffes. Republicans are poised to exploit these verbal trip-ups, while Mr Trump has already begun sharing clips of Mr Biden's gaffes to question his mental acuity. Read more: When is the US election 2020, and what are the key swing states? Donald Trump Donald Trump has the advantage of being the incumbent president Credit: AP Strengths: Mr Trump has unshakeable loyalty from a core base of supporters, with more than a third of the country consistently supporting him, and showed in 2016 he can come from behind in the polls to claim victory. Polls show Americans trust Mr Trump with the economy more than Mr Biden, a key issue for many voters. The president also enjoys the advantage of being the incumbent which gives him the opportunity to use the White House as a backdrop for major announcements in the coming weeks. Weaknesses: Mr Trump's great political strength - his ability to draw huge crowds to campaign rallies - has been hampered by lockdown restrictions because of the coronavirus. Amid criticism of his handling of the pandemic, Mr Trump has a challenge to hold onto older and suburban voters who have been hit hard by the virus.  Read more: Donald Trump's approval ratings Mike Pence Mike Pence is tied to criticism of the White House's coronavirus strategy Credit: AP Strengths: Mr Pence, a conservative Christian, proved crucial to Mr Trump's efforts to win the backing of Evangelical Christian voters in 2016, a feat he hopes to repeat this November. Mr Pence has been a strong advocate for nominating conservative judges and prioritising religious freedom over the last four years, issues likely to secure the support of conservatives.  Weaknesses: As the face of the White House coronavirus response, Mr Pence is inevitably tied to criticism of the government's handling of the pandemic and the country's huge death toll. Kamala Harris Strengths: Ms Harris is a skilled campaigner with the ability to energise crowds through her passionate stump speeches. Her centrist policies and record as a prosecutor make her difficult to paint as a radical Democrat who is weak on crime - the Trump campaign's favoured line of attack. As a biracial woman, Ms Harris is well placed to enact the sweeping changes many Americans have called for in the wake of the summer's racial inequality protests.  Weaknesses: Ms Harris' early demise in the Democratic presidential race suggests she lacks the ability to bring in big dollar donations - something that will be crucial to the two campaigns in the coming weeks. Ms Harris has flip-flopped on issues dear to the liberal wing of her party such a universal healthcare system and received an enthusiastic reception from young progressive voters whose support could prove crucial in November. Read more: Who is Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP choice?

Donald Trump vs Joe Biden: How do the Republican and Democratic US election tickets compare?

Donald Trump has launched an all-out attack on the man hoping to succeed him in the White House, dubbing Joe Biden ‘the destroyer of American greatness’.

In a typically combative convention speech, the president signalled that the US election is in full swing.

Mr Biden has picked Kamala Harris to join him on the Democratic presidential ticket this November and he hopes the California senator offers the best chance of beating Mr Trump and Mike Pence on November 3. 

Attention has turned to how the Democratic and Republican pairings match up.

Mr Biden and Ms Harris were formally nominated as the presidential and vice presidential candidates at the Democratic convention earlier this month, while Mr Trump and Mr Pence accepted their nominations at the Republican convention.

What happens next?

Convention speeches are one thing. But the first real test will of these two pairs be during the presidential debates, when the American public will finally see the political opponents face each other on the debate stage.

There are three presidential debates scheduled, beginning in September. One vice presidential debate has been scheduled between Mr Pence and Ms Harris in Utah on October 7.  

So how do the candidates match up? We analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each politician. 

Joe Biden 

The election campaign is now in full swing Credit: AFP

Strengths: Mr Biden is a centrist Democrat who can appeal to former Obama voters who turned to Mr Trump in 2016 and polls show he is more trusted on issues such as handling the coronavirus than Mr Trump. Americans of all stripes say Mr Biden is the candidate who can unite the country at a time of major divisions. 

Weaknesses: Mr Biden's age - he is 77 - has caused concern among voters who fear he may struggle to cope with the demands of the Oval Office. This concern has been exacerbated by his long track record of making gaffes. Republicans are poised to exploit these verbal trip-ups, while Mr Trump has already begun sharing clips of Mr Biden's gaffes to question his mental acuity.

Read more: When is the US election 2020, and what are the key swing states?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has the advantage of being the incumbent president Credit: AP

Strengths: Mr Trump has unshakeable loyalty from a core base of supporters, with more than a third of the country consistently supporting him, and showed in 2016 he can come from behind in the polls to claim victory. Polls show Americans trust Mr Trump with the economy more than Mr Biden, a key issue for many voters. The president also enjoys the advantage of being the incumbent which gives him the opportunity to use the White House as a backdrop for major announcements in the coming weeks.

Weaknesses: Mr Trump's great political strength - his ability to draw huge crowds to campaign rallies - has been hampered by lockdown restrictions because of the coronavirus. Amid criticism of his handling of the pandemic, Mr Trump has a challenge to hold onto older and suburban voters who have been hit hard by the virus. 

Read more: Donald Trump's approval ratings

Mike Pence

Mike Pence is tied to criticism of the White House's coronavirus strategy Credit: AP

Strengths: Mr Pence, a conservative Christian, proved crucial to Mr Trump's efforts to win the backing of Evangelical Christian voters in 2016, a feat he hopes to repeat this November. Mr Pence has been a strong advocate for nominating conservative judges and prioritising religious freedom over the last four years, issues likely to secure the support of conservatives. 

Weaknesses: As the face of the White House coronavirus response, Mr Pence is inevitably tied to criticism of the government's handling of the pandemic and the country's huge death toll.

Kamala Harris

Strengths: Ms Harris is a skilled campaigner with the ability to energise crowds through her passionate stump speeches. Her centrist policies and record as a prosecutor make her difficult to paint as a radical Democrat who is weak on crime - the Trump campaign's favoured line of attack. As a biracial woman, Ms Harris is well placed to enact the sweeping changes many Americans have called for in the wake of the summer's racial inequality protests. 

Weaknesses: Ms Harris' early demise in the Democratic presidential race suggests she lacks the ability to bring in big dollar donations - something that will be crucial to the two campaigns in the coming weeks. Ms Harris has flip-flopped on issues dear to the liberal wing of her party such a universal healthcare system and received an enthusiastic reception from young progressive voters whose support could prove crucial in November.