September 26, 2016 8:56 PM HomePresidential PoliticsOpen Thread and Video: Presidential Debate Open Thread and Video: Presidential Debate By Lawton Sack Presidential Politics 23 Comments Share your feedback on the debate. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author lawtonsack 23 Comments Will Durant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e5cmja599g Bill the Cat expresses my view on the “debate” if not this whole debacle. “Ack!!! Thppppt!” September 26, 2016 10:35 PM Log in to Reply zedsmith Just ghastly. September 26, 2016 10:44 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Okkkk, dammitt!! All yall take your swings at ‘ol Noway! Trump was horrible! Drew, x, Coastal, Matt, B, all of you just whip my ass right now! We’re looking at Mondale numbers here. I honestly don’t even think a Julian Assange bombshell of Hilly actually getting caught robbing the gold out of Ft. Knox would help! September 26, 2016 10:46 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Who are? What have you done with Noway? September 26, 2016 11:31 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Even after sleeping on it, I still think he did really bad. The softball if all softballs of Hilly saying Trump was hiding something via his taxes was tailor made for a response from him about her hiding all kinds of stuff in her bleached emails and hammer destroyed Blackberries! A total whiff!! I’ll still vote dor him but I think he did major, major damage to himself last night. No sarcasm. I’m just really disappointed in his performance. September 27, 2016 6:39 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual I thought it was a push but it leaned towards Trump. Hillary was smug, Trump looked bad with the ISIS comment. September 27, 2016 12:31 AM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Not so fast, Sparky! I’d call it a draw. Remember this was Trump’s first ever one-on-one debate, and it was on the world’s biggest debate stage. He conducted himself with respect for his opponent, who did not return the favor. She was mean and hateful in her opening remarks, but he held his control, did not respond. At the same time, he made his points strongly and appeared presidential. He responded to attacks from not only Clinton, but also Holt (NBC – Nobody But Clinton network and media empire). Hillary’s biggest achievement was that she didn’t have a seizure, collapse and have to be carted off the stage. She has over 30 years of political practice and debates, so sure she glibly does political speak. But that also means she is part of the establishment that created the mess our country is in. Her condescending eye rolls did her no favors either — but the soft balls Holt lobbed to her sure did. He didn’t even mention the 30,000 missing emails and private servers when he mentioned cyber security (or lack thereof). Trump is not a political machine, but he looked like a guy clearly capable of being president. He is adroit in the real world, where regular people live and where Hill has never had to function. Unlike the easy handling of Clinton, Holt gave Trump no slack — and he held his own, didn’t blow his cool. I’m thinking tonight did not slow his momentum at all, and it probably just held her existing supporters. So I call the debate a draw. September 27, 2016 12:12 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope We really need a sarcasm don’t around here. September 27, 2016 12:29 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance ugh. There are chasms of differences in what voters think as Presidential. But disregarding substance, and focusing on emotion and style …Mr. Holt was generally permissive- too permissive. Mr. Trump was generally very rude. Mrs. Clinton was generally tepid; her best moments was when she was defiant. my best guess is that HRC gets a 2 point bump. Round 2 may actually sustain voter interest. September 27, 2016 1:23 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 If ut does really turn out to be a draw with no real damage, no one will be happier than me. I just didn’t see ut that way. September 27, 2016 6:43 AM Log in to Reply gcp Have to give Hilly a slight win over the yellow haired entertainer. She got him on his global warming comment, legacy wealth, secret ISIS policy. He failed to ask her about Libya, her “deplorable”comment, her ” military style weapon” comment, specifics on the Iran deal, her unexplained ISIS policy, her spending plan which is not deficit neutral and her statement that manufacturing jobs increased in the ’90s. Holt was terrible. He was obsessed with the birther issue and while he asked about Trumpet’s taxes, he failed to ask about Hilly’s secret Wall St. speeches. And how about we eliminate the audience from future debates. September 27, 2016 5:07 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope To be fair, Holt only followed-up on the birther issue because Trump 1) failed to answer the question and 2) kept trying to peddle the same session debunked falsehoods. The question was really simple: Obama released his birth certificate in 2011. Despite this, Trump continued to publicly question his citizenship on multiple occasions including as recently as January 2016. What happened to change his mind? September 27, 2016 6:12 AM Log in to Reply gcp Holt should stick to issues. Let the candidates do the personal attacks. September 27, 2016 7:23 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn How is repeating a question a candidate did not answer or pointing out a fact is a personal attack? September 27, 2016 12:23 PM Log in to Reply gcp Taxes, health care, trade, gun control affect all of us. Birtherism affects no one. Let the candidates ask about such silliness, not the moderator. September 27, 2016 1:39 PM Benevolus I still can’t get past the idea that Trump really didn’t expect to win and still doesn’t know what he would do if he did win. This looks no different to me than if Howard Stern were the candidate instead. This is all self-promotion and ego. There is no substance there at all. I don’t think he has one legitimate position on anything. September 27, 2016 8:25 AM Log in to Reply Bart If the debate is judged as most of the pre game analysts suggested, Trump won since all he had to do was not blow up and act somewhat presidential. He succeeded at meeting those low expectations. She had to prove truthfulness, didn’t see any indication that she or her team care the slightest about such trivial matters as honesty. She did a good job of putting Trump on the defensive midway through the debate, but I don’t think that will be enough to sway any undecideds. September 27, 2016 12:07 PM Log in to Reply xdog I guess I missed the part where Trump acted somewhat presidential. September 27, 2016 12:17 PM Log in to Reply Bart You had to pay close attention xdog. If by presidential folks mean refraining from personal attacks against an opponent to stay on topic about real issues, then he accomplished this for the most part. There were numerous opportunities presented by HRC for him to take her to task over emails, Benghazi and pay for play. For some reason, he decided to hold back which many consider to be presidential. September 27, 2016 12:28 PM Log in to Reply xdog Yeah, he didn’t mention Vince Foster either. That was big of him. I listened closely enough to hear the interruptions and asides, the lies, the denials, the grunts, the ramblings, and at the very end I heard a suggestion that our treaties with other countries mean nothing beyond a means for getting paid for protection. That’s not presidential, that’s delusional. September 27, 2016 1:16 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I also liked the threat at the end that he could get “rough” but chose not to. September 27, 2016 2:06 PM Davo65 Why are you commenting in the cheap seats, Bart? Didn’t Charlie anoint you the head Trumpanzee? Shouldn’t you be writing columns, explaining Trumps policies? You know, making stuff up like all the other Trump surrogates. Can’t be that difficult. September 27, 2016 2:44 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse It was no surprise Sean Hannity wouldn’t take my call. The system is rigged. Bet on it. September 27, 2016 9:48 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.