The very first U.S presidential debate of 2016 took place tonight and the world paid keen while listening to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
A number of different issues were brought to the table including Trump’s tax returns, Clinton’s emails, the race issue in America, and how to deal with ISIS.
A lot was learned after Monday night’s debate and a lot caused plenty of confusion. Therefore here are five things we learnt from the debate;
- Trump Goes the APC Way In Campaigning For Change, Clinton For Steady Progress
Trump repeatedly cast himself as the candidate of change—appealing to Americans frustrated with the present government, saying Hillary Clinton is the same. “Typical politician. All talk, no action,” he said of his opponent. At least three times, he told viewers that Mrs. Clinton had spent 30 years in public life. Clinton cast herself as the candidate of steady progress said President Barack Obama had helped revive the nation after the recession and called for “building on the progress that we’ve made in the last eight years.” It’s a stance that Mrs. Clinton is forced to take: In part to win the voters in Mr. Obama’s winning coalition; she is explicitly linking herself to his agenda rather than calling for a big departure.
- They were both allowed to tackle eachother viciously
Lester Holt of NBC News had been in a spin dryer in the run-up to the debate. One campaign wanted him to act as fact-checker (Clinton), the other wanted him to be a potted plant. (Trump). He found a middle ground, refusing to let Mr Trump get away with the assertion that he had opposed the Iraq War when we know that is not the full truth. But generally, he let the candidates do the work of challenging one another and it led to a lively, gripping encounter. Even though the social media verdict was that Holt allowed Trump to talk for too long and interrupt too much.
- Trumps Tax Issues And Clinton’s E-mail Scandals Just Won’t Go Away
Trump clashed with his Democratic rival over his decision not to release his tax returns.“I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit and it will be released,” he said. Trump went on to tout his disclosure of a different federally mandated form required by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics of everyone from presidential candidates to the postmaster general. Trump then pivoted to attack Clinton over her private email server. “I will release my tax returns against my lawyer’s wishes when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted,” he said.“I think you’ve just seen another example of bait and switch here. For 40 years, everyone running for president has release their tax returns,” she said. “You got to ask yourself: Why won’t he release his tax returns? “Maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes,” she said.
Moderator Lester Holt asked Trump “what took you so long” to acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States, bringing the Republican nominee’s recent turnaround on an issue that was central to his public positions for years. At first, Trump claimed that two Clinton aides were the ones who initially looked into Barack Obama’s birth certificate during the 2008 campaign — a claim that he has made before — and then said that he was “satisfied” with when Obama released his birth certificate.Holt noted that Obama released his longform birth certificate in 2011, but Trump continued to raise questions about it’s authenticity until 2015.“Nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it,” Trump said, referencing the years between the release and Trump’s decision this month to acknowledge Obama was born in America. “I figured you’d ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job.”
- Who Won The Debate?
Well, according to Vox News, A poll of debate watchers by CNN/ORC, they found that 62 percent thought Clinton won and 27 percent thought Trump did. CNN’s David Chalian emphasized on air that the sample was 10 points more Democratic than in a typical poll, but that’s still a strong win for Clinton.A poll of debate watchers by Public Policy Polling, which found that 51 percent thought Clinton won and 40 percent thought Trump won.A focus group of 20 undecided Florida voters by CNN found that 18 of them thought Clinton won. And a focus group of Pennsylvania voters by GOP pollster Frank Luntz overwhelmingly thought Clinton had won.