After much anticipation, the final Presidential Debate finished a little after 10:30 EST. There was tension, a bit of arguing, and some stuttering. Who won? The moderator scored the most points in my amatuer estimation. She presided with the grace of a debutant, and the command of General George Patton. Yet, she is not running for president, so we need to decide between Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden.
President Trump performed a lot better than in his previous debate. He seemed to comply with most requests to stop speaking. There was less personal attack and more strategic probing of former VP Biden’s past behavior and policies.
Former VP Biden held his own fairly well but bumbled many responses. He appeared to throw former President Barak Obama “under the bus,” by insinuating that he tried to implement some of his ideas but with little success. In addition, Joe Biden distanced himself from his former Democratic Primary candidates by saying again that “he beat them.” Not a good idea to trash a former boss and fellow past candidates of the same party.
Effect on Voters: I believe that those who already had a favored candidate probably didn’t change their mind. Those who were undecided probably heard one or more things that helped them decide who to vote for on November 3rd.
Weak Moments: Joe Biden probably lost votes on his policy to stop oil production and his wavering on fracking. Donald Trump still hasn’t provided proof of his prior tax payments or returns.
Strong moments: Trump scored big to get Biden to say he would stop oil production. The president also did a good job of questioning Biden’s role in the whole laptop scandal. Biden did raise valid concerns over the president’s tax returns.
One thing that I took from the debate is the wide divide between the two candidates and their supporters. Sadly, I don’t see either candidate healing the rift between our divided nation. In the end, neither candidate scored a knockout. Neither candidate had the effect on a debate like the late Jack Kennedy (JFK).
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