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    Post-Debate Analysis — People tell me Trump did really well (Reader Poll – Who won?)

    Post-Debate Analysis — People tell me Trump did really well (Reader Poll – Who won?)

    Trump line of the night to Biden: “All talk and no action, just like a politician.”
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    So I got some text messages from Trump supporters telling me Trump did really well. So there’s that.

    I’m definitely too close to this. My feelings watching — Biden was angry and hostile, and very pejorative towards Trump with almost every answer.

    Trump was nice. What a turnaround.

    Trump could have hit the China and Ukraine revelations harder, but at least it’s out there because Biden opened the door. Biden called the whole thing a Russian operation. It’s out there now, and that’s what matters.

    Trump was very strong on not shutting down again, on building the economy, Biden’s history locking up black men, Biden starting the cages for children. He also repeatedly came back to the fact that Biden had 8 years in office and got done none of the things he says he will get done if elected — line of the night: “All talk and no action, just like a politician.”

    The moderator Kristen Welker was better than Chris Wallace, but disproportionately interrupted and cut off Trump when he was scoring big points, asserting the need to move to the next topic.

    To the extent the debate could have an impact on votes, it likely came near the end when Biden volunteered that he would transition the economy away from fossil fuel, and Trump responded that he hoped people were listening in Pennsylvania and Texas.

    Update — having had 25 more minutes to think about it, my overall impression is that Joe Biden came across as old, really old and frail.

    Like I said, I’m too close to this. So you vote. Who won the final debate?

    Poll Open until Midnight (Pacific Time) October 23 evening.


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    Evan3457 | October 23, 2020 at 3:22 am

    The key part of the debate:

    Biden said he would transition out of all fossil fuels


    The tipping point state in many, many election models is…

    I hope this Kinsley Gaffe by Biden is enough to overcome the Philly Phraud Vote Factor.

    Thought the President had a real great night, and Sundowner as I thought before it started had nothing but deny, deny, deny.

    And ended with the lie the country being systemic racist.
    President Trump’s end was great.

      Yamamma in reply to Skip. | October 23, 2020 at 7:45 am

      When you read the transcripts you get a better view on how often the moderator would only give the President a scant amount of time to reply to some of Joe’s comments. She would say ok 10 seconds. Where when Joe wanted to reply to something there was no interrupting and he was allowed to finish most of his thoughts, the few that he had. The debate format gets a c-
      from me. I feel it was slanted towards Joe for sure.

    Did anyone else notice that in the split screen depictions of Trump and Biden, their sizes relative to each other kept changing? It appeared to me that the person handling the camera aimed at the President kept fiddling with a zoom feature.

    randian | October 23, 2020 at 5:17 am

    The moderator’s editorializing to frame every question was obnoxious.

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