We sampled reactions and talked to Republican voters across the nation on how they felt about Thursday’s debate in Nashville. Anonymity was granted when requested.
Melissa in Tennessee: “I did feel like Trump had a good showing. I thought Biden spoke very well. I was shockingly pleased with the debate tonight. I mean, I won’t I won’t say that I didn’t yell at the TV a couple of times for them to just turn off the mics already, but fewer times than I would have thought.”
Liz in North Carolina: “Although our president was the clear winner in last night’s debate, he missed several opportunities to use Biden’s own words as nails in his debate coffin. One such softball was Joe’s comments regarding North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. His chants of ‘sanctions, sanctions’ should have been swiftly shutdown with a pointed reminder of his enthusiasm for reinstating the Iran deal. This would have then flowed beautifully into a dig referencing Iran’s efforts to further destabilize our nation and propel Biden into office. President Trump did well last night, but his chess skills were a bit lacking.”
A wife and mom in New York: “It was certainly more civil than the first debate—but it was also very clear to me that Trump won this debate. Trump was persuasive, offered substantive responses and arguments, and clearly has far more gravitas, energy, care for our country, and interest in doing a great job for our nation than I think Biden ever has. There is only one choice for president as far as I’m concerned, and that’s Trump. We need him for four more years. He has gotten so much done in a short time and we need him absolutely to continue on his path.”
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A nurse in North Carolina: “Trump was in control of not only the debate, but also of himself. His composure and commanding presence displayed strength, without arrogance, something I felt he struggled with the last debate. Biden, on the other hand, was weak, nervous, and appeared to zone out at times. He seemed to struggle with being believable, on all the issues. His fact-checkable statements, should motivate any voter not to trust their vote on him, for the sake of their family’s safety, or the future of our country.”
Karl Rove: “The question is what you make of tonight’s debate and in that regard, I thought Biden created some real openings for President Trump in the next several days. Then, [there were] more substantive issues, like Biden said ‘I’m not for socialized medicine, I got a public option.’ Wait a minute, the public option is the government offering a health insurance policy that is subsidized with taxpayer dollars to make it cheaper than private health insurance. That’s socialized medicine. There’s a bunch of stuff like that in tonight’s debate that the president can play off of and say, ‘You see what he said in that debate? Let me tell you what the real truth of it is.'”
Bill Hagerty, Republican Senate nominee in Tennessee: “After tonight’s debate, it’s clear President @realDonaldTrump is the only candidate fit to run our country. #Debates2020.”
Kim in Ohio: “President Trump was exactly the person I hoped he would be last night. He was calm and collected. I think he threw Biden off. The President just had to sit back and listen to Biden put his foot in his mouth, then react with accurate comments. Thankfully the moderator wasn’t as bad as I thought she would be. Actually asked a couple questions I thought she would avoid. The President won this debate.”
Carri in Georgia: “One of his goals tonight was to highlight what he’s done in his term as president but also highlight the former vice president’s failure in his 47 years in politics.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 23, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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