Watching the first presidential debate was as moderator Chris Wallace said, “very interesting.” The debate in Cleveland Ohio was full of personal and political attacks, interruptions, and side comments. Here are some notable quotes:
”I’m going to dominate you Joe, you know that.” - Trump
”I’ve done more in 47 months than you have in 47 years.” - Trump
“Don’t ever use the word smart with me, Joe.” - Trump
“Everybody knows he is a liar.” - Joe
“He has no health care plan, he doesn’t know what he’s taking about.” - Joe
”Will you shut up man.” - Joe
On the moderator’s end, there were a lot of two part questions which could lead TV commentators to say that a candidate didn’t answer a question. In actuality, both candidates started relatively on point (to at least one part of the question) before getting distracted by side comments, which made things go all over the place. If this is foreshadowing for what is to come, then it’s safe to say this debate series is going to be a hot mess.
Supreme Court Justice Decision
Chris tried to ask the candidates questions about the Supreme Court decision, and naturally they were on different sides of the issue. Trump believes that because republicans won enough seats in the House and Senate, they have the right to nominate a justice. Joe Biden came back criticizing nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s record and potential views on issues like the Afforable Care Act and abortion. He was also in favor of waiting for the American public to decide who should pick the justice. Trump countered saying, “the public has already decided.” He also criticized Joe Biden for saying that Roe v.s. Wade was on the ballot by saying “You don’t know her views on Roe v.s. Wade.”
The pandemic became a huge talking point. Joe Biden criticized Trump on trying to end Obamacare and not having a plan for future healthcare, not responding to COVID appropriately, and having false claims about a vaccine being ready. He also criticized shutting down the country and ruining the economy. This, however, is an unfair assessment due to COVID.
Joe Biden tried to make the case that he is the better candidate for black people, stating too many things that frankly have to be fact checked. Trump countered saying he has released people from jail and created jobs. Other things were said, but really the biggest takeway is both candidates need work.
Trump needs to allow others to talk and focus on what he has done in office. He’s not a racist, but he needs to express that better. Also, he needs to call out Joe when he tries to blame him for COVID deaths.
Joe Biden needs to decide who he is and answer questions clearly. Does he represent the far left? Or is he a moderate? We, the people, do not want pandering. We want real answers on what he is going to do and how he is going to do it.
A darker thought, however, crossed my mind at the end of watching this debate. If President Trump is correct about the horrid blunders of mail-in ballots in New York and other states, then we are surely in for a rocky ride this fall. Fasten your seatbelts people.