Results of the First Presidential Debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appeared on stage on Sept. 26 in the long awaited first Presidential Debate. The mediator, Lester Holt, an anchor for NBC Nightly News, asked both candidates questions such as how they would create jobs, deal [or not deal] with environmental issues such as global warming, As well as their approach to taxes, racial issues, and much more.
“First we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means we need new jobs, good jobs with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future,” Clinton said. That means jobs in infrastructure and advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business because most of the new jobs will come from small business. We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work.” Holt had asked why she would be better at creating money making jobs jobs than her opponent, Trump.
Another topic that was discussed was how the candidates would handle racial issues, specifically the divide that has lead to shooting in cities such as Tulsa and Charlotte.
“We need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not going to have a country,” Trump said. “And when I look at what’s going on in Charlotte, the city I love, the city where I have investments, when I look at what’s going on throughout various parts of our country, whether it’s…I can keep naming them all day long — we need law and order in our country.”
As far as who won the debate, David Gergen, a CNN political analyst and advisor to four presidents, says that Clinton performed much better overall than Trump, but may not have swayed enough voters to dramatically change the election.
“By all traditional standards of debate, Mrs. Clinton crushed,” Gergen said. “She carefully marshaled her arguments and facts and then sent them into battle with a smile. She rolled out a long list of indictments against Donald Trump, often damaging. By contrast, he came in unprepared, had nothing fresh to say, and increasingly gave way to rants. As the evening ended, the media buried him in criticisms. Even so, I doubt she has put him away. “
The next debates will be held on Oct. 4, Oct. 9, and Oct. 19 and will be broadcast live on many major news channels.