What if I didn't watch the Presidential Debate? - DatelineCarolina

What if I didn't watch the Presidential Debate?

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Republican Nominee Donald Trump couldn't stay away from bringing up Hillary Clinton's email scandal. Republican Nominee Donald Trump couldn't stay away from bringing up Hillary Clinton's email scandal.
Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton telling Trump that she prepared for the debate and is prepared to be President. Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton telling Trump that she prepared for the debate and is prepared to be President.

By: Shannon O'Connell

The first Presidential Debate was on Monday, and if you didn’t watch it you may have lots of questions. What was discussed? What did they say? And, of course, what crazy thing(s) did Donald Trump say?

The most-watched presidential debate in history took place at Hofstra University and was filled with back and forth from the two nominees. What was actually said by the candidates?

What Donald Trump thinks qualifies him to be President:

  • His personality: “I think my strongest asset, by far, is my temperament”
  • His determination: “I will release my tax returns against my lawyer’s wishes when she releases her 33 thousand emails that have been deleted”
  • His self-control: “I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, ‘I cant do it.’”

    What Hillary Clinton thinks qualifies her to be President:
     
  • Her acceptance: “I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m gonna be blamed for everything that’s ever happened”
  • Her preparation: “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate, and yes I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President. And I think that’s a good thing.”
  • Her experience: “as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire…or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina”

    We can’t forget about Lester Holt, who moderated the 95 minute debate. Here’s what Lester Holt said:
     
  • “Please, very quickly”
  • “This is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes, please”
  • “The question is…”
  • “The record shows otherwise”

    But what does this first debate even mean? Will it affect voters? If so, how?

    Charles Bierbauer is the former Senior Washington Correspondent for CNN and the Current Dean of the College of Information and Communication at USC. He was one of the millions of people who tuned in to the debate Monday.

    He thinks the first debate is the most important.

    “The first debate leaves the strongest impression. If you’ve done well, you build on it. If you’ve done poorly, you’ve got some repair work to do,” Bierbauer says.

    He says even if you did do poorly in the debate, it doesn’t mean winning the election is out of the question.

    “If you go back and historically trace some of these…Ronald Reagan did poorly in his first debate… came back strong in the second one. Barack Obama did poorly in his first debate with Mitt Romney, came back and did better in the second one,” he explains.

    Like most other Americans, Dean Bierbauer will be watching the other two debates to judge who has the qualifications to be the nest President and who will be able to make America great again.
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