My Thoughts On Last Night's Debate

September 27, 2016 |

This post is sponsored by Iris Plans.

By now, you’ve probably heard debate analysis until you’re tired of it (I heard from a number of people who got tired of the debate itself and tuned out halfway through), but I’ll throw in my two cents. I think I have a unique perspective most of the talking heads don’t have, since I’ve actually participated in Presidential debates, including debates with Donald Trump.

First of all, when you listen to all the armchair quarterbacking about who won or lost, remember that there are two scales for determining that, and the one the pundits use is almost entirely irrelevant. They like to judge the winner on points, as if it were a UIL high school debate. By that measure, I think we can all agree that Hillary did everything a good, practiced debater should do. She obviously studied for days, memorizing what stand-up comics call “hunks,” or carefully-crafted pieces of a monologue, each word painstakingly honed to accomplish the multiple goals of making herself look steady, experienced and well-informed and her opponent seem dangerous and unready. You could easily imagine her rehearsing into her bathroom mirror, practicing smiling while sticking in the shiv.

---------- 

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

----------

Trump, on the other hand, often seemed to be winging it. He’s great at that, and he landed some solid hits, but he also let a lot of softballs whiff by. He sometimes went into rhetorical cul-de-sacs, repeating the “we make bad deals” theme that can make him sound like a one-trick pony. And he let Hillary (and moderator Lester Holt, but more on that later) put him on the defensive too often. For instance, he could have brushed off some of the piddling attacks on non-issues like birtherism or what he once allegedly said about a beauty pageant contestant by reminding viewers of the serious issues America faces and how such petty nonsense pales in significance to Clinton’s demonstrated record of failure on national security and the economy. But he missed many such opportunities. Plus, Hillary made it all the way through the debate without fainting or having a seizure. I know that sounds facetious, but a lot of people were watching very closely for signs of ill health, and she managed to “power through” admirably. So on the “Tracy Flick” high school debate “win through doing homework” scale, I’d have to give the debate to Hillary.

However…

The only judges who really matter are the undecided voters in the viewing audience. And I doubt that many of them were watching to hear what Hillary said (although if she had passed out, that might have influenced their votes.) After more than 30 years in politics, Hillary Clinton is known only too well. Her carefully focus-grouped speeches about all her government experience and her 25-point plans don’t impress anyone who knows that it was bad experience and that her plans are nothing but more of the same foreign policy weakness that’s letting ISIS, Iran, Russia, China and North Korea eat our lunch and the same old big government control policies of tax/regulate/spend (sorry: “investments”) that have exploded the debt, crippled small business and put Obama on track to be the first President in history never to preside over a single year of GDP growth above 3 percent (One of Trump’s best moments came when he declared that America can’t afford four more years of her kind of experience.) And does anyone with a memory longer than a housecat’s truly believe that the 2008 meltdown was caused by tax cuts and not by Clinton/Carter policies that forced banks to give home loans to people who couldn’t pay them back? Hofstra University should’ve issued a “trigger warning” to conservatives that they might hear some revisionist history that would cause them to do double-takes that could induce whiplash.

No, undecided voters likely won’t be swayed by Hillary’s shiny new plans to deal with the disasters caused by her previous plans. Many of her claims were downright laughable, such as her smug assurance that she’s uniquely qualified to fight cyber threats from foreign governments, when we all know she thinks you “wipe” a server with a dust cloth and destroy data by hitting smartphones with a hammer, and all her own emails are all over WikiLeaks. I would also hope everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a “nuclear button” – the only person who ever traveled to Russia with a Staples-like prop push-button was Hillary. And her attempts to spark Internet memes with painful canned groaners like “trumped-up trickle down” – she said that twice, as if it would sound wittier the second time – landed with a clunk and just drew attention to her lack of spontaneity.

After 30 years of exposure to Hillary, anyone who has still not decided to support her is likely someone who really doesn’t want to but is scared of the alternative, after hearing the non-stop Democrat/media depiction of Trump as a crazy, fire-breathing, sexist, racist fascist or any other “ist” the liberals can think up. Trump proved to fence-sitters that he can show restraint when attacked, which was the whole point of goading him. For instance, when Hillary brought up some left-field accusations of sexist things he’d allegedly once said, he could have pointed out the bull elephant in the room – her husband Bill -- but he declined in deference to Chelsea being present. That may have frustrated conservatives who wanted to see blood drawn, but Trump was appealing to the undecideds who wanted to be reassured that he was a palatable alternative to Hillary. Not taking the bait helped him clear that low bar. By that far more important standard, Trump was the winner, because he was playing for votes, not an A+ from the media debate judges.

By the way, one of the best comments I saw online was from a poster on the Yahoo News comments section, who said that Trump reminded him of a doctor with no bedside manner. He tells you that you need to lose 100 pounds and stop smoking. You’re offended, you’re angry, you come up with 10 reasons why he’s crazy…and then you finally realize that he’s the only one telling you the truth.

Finally, a word on moderator Lester Holt. I’m hearing a lot of complaints about bias, and they’re not unjustified. Some of the bias was by omission; for instance, Holt devoted a ridiculous amount of time to the long-past-its-shelf-date birtherism story (news flash: Obama isn’t even running this year), yet never brought up the Clinton Foundation and its pay-to-play scandal, the immunity deals the FBI handed out like pizza discount coupons to Hillary insiders, her family’s enrichment through speeches to Wall Street banks and foreign nations with business before the government, her plan to greatly increase the flow of Syrian refugees and many other issues far more relevant to this election. And as Clinton kept giving shout-outs to her “fact-checkers” (the greatest misnomer of 2016) to save her, Holt answered her call, repeatedly arguing with Trump on her behalf (actual fact-check: Trump’s claim about the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk was correct). But there’s no point in a Republican whining about the moderator being a biased liberal. It goes with the territory. Besides, if Holt didn’t slant the questions and drill down harder on Trump, he might find himself exiled to the Siberia of TV news channels, MSNBC. Who can blame him for wanting to avoid that?

-------------

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

--------------

Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!
Captcha

Comments 51-100 of 140

  • John Mishoe

    09/27/2016 03:44 PM

    I am a deplorable that supports trump .
    I agree with law and order which Trump supports . how do we get illegal guns off the street?
    I think Trump is right in saying that we need jobs etc .
    I think America needs to worry about America and rebuild our military and infrastructures .if the idiots oversease want to bomb each other so be it .we need to put us first in the united states of america and stop worrying about foreign countries and giving them money when we have homless vets in our country as well as other .why can we send food to foreign countries when we have hungry people that beed help here but have to jump thru red tape to get assistance .its time to worry about issues in our own back yard for a change.
    Thank you and God Bless

  • Rebecca Haydon Jolly

    09/27/2016 03:41 PM

    Thank you for taking our comments!
    First, this is only the first debate! Mrs. Clinton did well as expected. Mr. Trump did a respectful job. I hope that many of our friends and family members understand that the next one will be more specific on pointed questions. Mr. Trump can do better and he will!! This week democratic propaganda in my mailbox is every day??

    Everyone please vote!!!!????????????????

    What concerns me greatly is the lack of help or support from Paul Ryan!! He needs to support and help!! I am so angry at the old guard of republicans!! I am a white college educated female, that has always voted republican!!

  • Jeannie beverly

    09/27/2016 03:30 PM

    I must say that I was disappointed with trumps performance. I'm really hoping its part of a larger strategy. He had so many windows to attack her on legit issues...but he didn't use the opportunity. Also he said that he 'didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings' & noted Chelsea's presence when referring to an attack he could have launched, but decided against. Hurt feelings? This election is not about 'feelings' the truth needs to be said no matter how brutal it is. This sugar coating had got to stop. At first I thought trump running for office was a joke...I had only known him by name and seen him here and there on the news. (I've never seen the apprentice) , but I found myself quickly aligned with his views and his no holds barred personality. He showed a bit of weakness here and there and he needs to knock it off!
    With that being said...he has my full support and I truly admire him.

  • Kaprece Stallings

    09/27/2016 03:25 PM

    I thought Hillary came across condescending and arrogant whereas Trump was more affable towards his opponent. In fact, he would periodically agree with certain aspects of what Hillary said. However, I don't remember Hillary saying she agreed with anything that Trump said. In addition, I found it most interesting that Hillary did not wear an American flag pin on her lapel as most presidential nominees often do.

  • Mary Lou Barovich

    09/27/2016 03:16 PM

    Unfortunately, it appears she won the debate. She is hitting him hard again today. He missed many, many opportunities last night. He should have confronted Holt on asking him hard questions and not Hillary.
    Holt, by the way, owes Trump and American people an apology. He was biased and very unprofessional.
    I love Mr. Trump and what you are all trying to do by working together, to save our country. But he can not miss opportunities to bring out her shortcomings. I don't believe the other debates will have the same number of viewers as the first one. Saddens me the opportunities missed. However, we must move forward. I would insist on 1) two moderators one to keep the other one honest and 2) Hillary leave her ear piece home; 3) Trump prepare more. It seems to had memorized her responses and makes me wonder if you received the questions ahead of time. Who was she practicing with HOlt? Sure seemed so to me.

  • Mary L Nyquist

    09/27/2016 03:07 PM

    I thought Mr Trump gave a good showing in the debate. However I thought the debate was totally one sided. It was obvious that the moderator was not interested in asking Hillary any pertinent hard questions. I would like to have seen a Donald Trump who was not easily provoked. I would also like to see less facial expression and one word remarks. I think that he is going to have to let the personal attacks like the birther issue and his tax question slide off his back, with only a to the point one line response. I don't think most people care about his tax returns and Hillary and the moderator used it to short stop Mr Trump. I think things that affect him personally should not overshadow the main focus of his policies. He is an intelligent man and very experienced in handling money and definitely more capable of bringing this country back to sound financial status than Hillary ever thought about being. He has also surrounded himself with people who have experience in the areas where he needs them. He is smart enough to realize he needs them. It takes a person who is very smart and strong to do that. The experience Hillary has is the experience of Saul Alinsky and all the other wack o's she has aligned herself with all these years ever since she was in college. Those people were the anti-American group who disrupted our lives in the 1960s and forward.
    He should have taken the opportunity to bring out all the dishonest things that Clinton has done, there are enough of them to take up a good part of his time and the American people are interested in what she is and what shes done period. She's a woman who left our ambassador and our citizens to die in Benghazi, a woman whose computers and blackberries have been subpoenaed , after which she deliberately tries to hide the evidence by beating them with a hammer and using cleaning software and that alone shows she is not an honest woman who we would want to be in charge of anything important. Donald Trump is in a position and has the means to find out the facts and then he should also ask her about the deal she brokered that gave Russia a percentage (I think 20%) of our uranium rights in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation, along with all the other deals they made on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. Those alone are almost unbelievable except that we know the woman.
    Mr Trump, be respectful (I know it will be hard) but find out the actual facts on all these issues and bring them to the American public's attention and I don't think there's any chance of anyone deciding they want Hillary for their leader.
    Mr Trump needs to stay focused on the big picture and not let them lead him onto the "bunny paths" that Clinton obviously studied so hard to do, and its plain to see she had a lot of help from the moderator.

  • Fran kumpula

    09/27/2016 02:50 PM

    Hillary may be more articulate than Trump but a questionable 30 year political career hasn't proven her to make good decisions. On the contrary! What she is so polished in doing is smoothly glossing over her history for the benefit of the women who support her stance on abortion, and workplace benefits, minorities, illegals, refugees, blue collar workers who may not understand what she isn't saying, what rights she will be taking away from business owners, taxation. She says she will tax the wealthy Americans their fair share. That translates to the employer having more government regulation, profit sharing(!!!), higher taxes, higher wages, higher insurance premiums which means the rest of us wil be paying more for everything they provide! That's what you call trickle down taxes! She says she's going to help the middle class. Really! Higher wages, etc. but much higher cost of living. It may even mean the loss of their job. How much can you bleed the small business? What about the higher cost of living for seniors on fixed incomes? With the influx of increasingly more and more refugees and amnesty for the millions of illegals, guess who will be paying more out of pocket for health care with premiums and out of pocket deductibles going up and up and up? What about our police force who are already under fire for trying to protect Americans but are on the line for every move dealing with criminals and repeat offenders on the street? Hillary can't be trusted with our national security, economy, plus her Supreme Court selection. Too much is at stake!

  • Karen Cross

    09/27/2016 02:44 PM

    As a donator and supporter of the Trump campaign I am angered by last night and Mr. Trumps lack of practice/commitment of the debate. I didn't like waking up to the medias glee this morning over being handed a free ticket to criticize this campaign yet again. I am a die hard backer of Trump, but lately I have been getting discouraged with the handlers and the bad media coverage. Lester Holt is a biased pig and anyone with half a brain in their head knew this is the way it would go down. This is why my anger at the Trump campaign. They knew this is what was going to happen.... Trump had an amazing chance to really take Hillary down last night and make Holt look like the Bias jerk he is. But that is not what happened instead this morning Trump is making calls complaining about the bias! Really...

  • Beverly Singleton

    09/27/2016 02:38 PM

    Gov Huckabee, you are always right on! Could you please let Mr Trump know we love him and support him, and he is a breath of fresh reality, however, no matter what crooked Hillary says or does, he needs to totally keep his composure. Don't let her walk all over him, but zing her back with calm, terse command. I wanted to shake Lester Holt. Can't believe Matt Lauer was more fair than Lester. But then I guess after Matt, Lester had his marching orders. Lester was the last mainstream media anchor I cared to watch. When are you coming back to TV?

  • Kathy Frost

    09/27/2016 02:30 PM

    Hillary's answers seemed a little too rehearsed, as if she had seen the questions ahead of time. Lester questioned and interrupted Trump several different times, but not so for Hillary. If the moderator had been unbiased, he might have asked questions of Hillary about Benghazi, emails, Clinton Foundation, etc. However, his questions all seemed to be directed towards Trump about tax returns, birtherism, stop and frisk, etc. It did appear that Trump was debating both Hillary and Lester Holt, and yet Trump still came up with some pretty good answers, especially in regards to trade with other countries.

  • Kathy Barnes

    09/27/2016 02:15 PM

    Unfortunately, I think Clinton won the debate. The debate started out well with some very good arguments but started going downhill when he got defensive about the birther subject, and derogatory remarks he made about woman that Hillary brought up. He had already made a statement about the birther subject earlier this month. I think he should have just said "I already told you my final thoughts on that subject and I'm not discussing it anymore." I have never heard of him purposely being disrespectful to women unless they attack him first. Hillary loves to bait Trump to get his reaction and too many times he plays into her hands. He also rambles on too long when answering a question and gets off the subject. I'm hoping he reviews this debate and corrects his mistakes at the next debate. He's not a politician, he's a businessman so I like to cut him a little slack. None of this has changed my mind, I'm still voting Trump because there is no way we can survive four to eight more years of Obama policies.

  • Tom Spencer

    09/27/2016 02:12 PM

    The ONLY things DJ Trump should talk about: Jobs! Immigration! Economy! Law and Order! National Security! Her Lies! Clinton Corruption! Forget the other garbage. Go after her. Call her Hillary, NOT Secretary Clinton !!!!!!!! Shorter answers, more focused! Be inspiring ! Praise hard-working Americans !

  • Louisa Dussault

    09/27/2016 01:55 PM

    Well Mr. Huckabee, I have been watching this Presidential race very closely. I come crime a middle class haspanic family where my parents worked very hard to provide us with the best upbringing of being proud of the little things that only matter, roof over our head, food at our table, understanding hard work and appreciating it, respecting one another and being thankful to be an American. You see, my father worked hard to put us in a private Catholic school, which I deeply owe my deepest respect as it taught me the true values of life. I didn't even know English although my parents and I were all born in the United States, it's just because Spanish was mostly spoken. As my parents put us in school we were only taught English as I remember, never forgetting my Spanish. My parents felt proud as their children learned the American language and the Benifits we got from that was being bilingual, but it was important for us to know the English language because we were Americans. As an of my older generation of illegal family members who have come into the United States, they came the legal way, the right way. These past eight years have taken a turn on my family that have worked so hard to live comfortably, my father who owned his construction company for a lifetime is gone, he lives in the highest unemployment city and now struggles for everything! It breaks my heart that I've seen so much corruption in the lies this Obama government insist that everything is better and then to see Hillary in the debate last night continue to lie about it! She'll say anything to be elected! I'm tired of the direction the Democratic Party has taken in the last eight years and what it had truthfully done to my family, I think everyday of how hard my parents struggled for us and the teaching us the true meaning of the American life and for that I have truly educated my parents that the don't just vote Democratic because the Hispanic, you vote because your an American! I love knowing my father now takes the election seriously hand and with me and to see him understanding the facts and lies we will be voting to "Making America Great Again!" God Bless America!

  • Michele McIntyre

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    The debate was more painful than a root canal but I powered through. I am a never-Hillary and needed Trump to focus and look Presidential--those were my bare minimum expectations. Even with my anti-Hillary bias, I found Trump to be a petulant schoolboy, arguing with Hillary and Lester, interrupting in a way that highlights his self importance and his lack of control. He couldn't seem to take a subject and clearly and consisely make a point. Slurping his water and sniffing. Who the heck is prepping him? What happened to EYE CONTACT with the camera. This is a Presidential election. He missed so many opportunities. I think it was Matt Walsh who said Trump shined for the first 30 minutes and too bad the debate was 1.5 hours. I watched with my two high school students and we were all embarrassed for him, for ourselves, for our Country, pretty much five minutes in. He couldn't just look and sound Presidential? This is the best we have? Like a lot of voters, I am seriously disgusted that we are in this position. Good grief, may God help us all!

  • Sophia Lee

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    If Trump only cuts taxes for every American, he's is hired!

  • Tammy Paseur

    09/27/2016 01:49 PM

    I was not surprised at all about the racial issue being brought up by Lester because that is the lead that Clinton and Obama have planned to use all along, using the sympathy of the minority for votes. But, I wish that Trump would allow himself to be straight forward on his points instead of meandering from one issue & veer off to something else. Her smug, ( I got this) look was just what she had been rehearsing for a long time, but the average voter just thinks she is cool and collected. Trump has to use his "trump" cards every time she dishes out her version of mud on him, he needs to be ready, calm and accurate with facts about her criminal history and remind Americans of how "they" have betrayed us, all the way back to whitewater. Benghazi , her emails, watch videos of when she was running against Obama and reflect on what they said about each other and compare it to the turn around support he has for her now! It is all just a power struggle for them, to keep getting money from every source they can derive it from. They do NOT care about the working people or society as a whole, only (the Clintons & Obamas) greed and power! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK, sick of the politics and corruption, and one more point..the Kennedy's backing her and Obama from back in 2008 before Ted died, Patrick Kennedy is on the investigation of her emails, who is dumb enough to think he is going to implement her in anything illegal, they own each other! TRUMP 2016!!!

  • Judy Wooten

    09/27/2016 01:43 PM

    Last night's debate was a bitter disappointment. Trump does excellent on spontaneously talking when HE is controlling the conversation and topics. The debate presents a different format and I honestly do not feel that he was well prepared. He is used to being a one-man show - both in his businesses and the campaign trail. People who are used to "running the show" or being the best - have a difficult time listening to their coaches....and I think that was very apparent last evening. He missed quite a few opportunities to bring the conversation back to substance - instead of getting caught up in the traps she successfully laid out for him. I am glad that he refrained from bringing Bill's exploits onto the stage. He would have been strangled with "he's not running for president - 'what difference does it make'?" Instead, Trump should have looked for an opportunity to drop that one liner!
    I won't be surprised if we come to find out that Hillary wore an excessive amount of perfume intentionally....just to make him "sniffle".........

  • Ellen Mayo

    09/27/2016 01:34 PM

    If Trump wants to win a debate with HRC, he needs to learn HOW TO DEBATE. Standing at the podium and spouting words that ramble all over the place is not going to do it. If he truly wants to best HRC, he better call Ted Cruz and ask for his help. A few lessons from Ted on how to debate would go a long ways in making Trump's performance better. He also needs to stop revealing his emotions when HRC is speaking. All the facial expressions just look ridiculous.

  • Dinne Towe

    09/27/2016 01:30 PM

    He needs to let all this past of what he said or did run over him like water over a ducks back and bear down on HC for all her lies and deceit that she has perpetrated for years on the American people and not let up on her. Keep pressing all the Bengazzi, FBI, and so many other issues without ceasing. He needs to have concrete plans to share or at least how he intends to come up with a plan by surrounding himself with the very best America has to offer in a specific field and stick to the current issues at hand. Mike you've got a good summary of the debate now to get him on point.

  • Jerri Hendricks White

    09/27/2016 01:28 PM

    I think Mr. Trump maintained his composure very well, considering the baiting by Hillary and the moderator. The goal of the liberals was to trip him up and keep the debate rather superficial. In spite of their efforts, Mr. Trump stood his ground respectfully and was able to make some good points. I believe it would have been fine for him to diplomatically point out Hillary's failures more than he did, but I believe he was handicapped, so to speak, with the extreme liberal bias that prevailed. Vicious slams and robotic rhetoric like that demonstrated by Hillary are not presidential and therefore, Mr. Trump won in my mind. TRUMP PENCE 2016

  • Judy Hemery

    09/27/2016 01:25 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    The real winners are the American people who are aware of the facts and truths. Informed Americans are not deceived by Mrs. Clinton. Thanks for the hard work and great effort you put into bringing truth to the public.

  • Susan Vincent

    09/27/2016 01:23 PM

    I agree with a lot of Mike's analysis. However, as a voter who is very anti-Hillary, my heart is still sad that Trump has not learned how to communicate his ideas (the few he has anyway) effectively.

  • Lynn M

    09/27/2016 01:21 PM

    Hillary offered well spoken, polished, and rehearsed paragraphs to the point of actually sounding and looking like a robot. I am not voting for a good, polished speaker for president. I am voting for someone who has fresh ideas and can get us out of the mess we are in. She was (as usual) protected from hard questions, which is a slap in the face to all Americans. Holt fact checking Trump was embarrassing because he just wouldn't let it go. Why? This is peanuts compared to what Hillary has done with her Foundation, the lies she told about her email server, and the lies and cover-up over her failure with Benghazi. A good journalist would spend some time on these topics because these are things that digs into the character of who a person really is (not the questions on whether or not Obama was born in America). I felt Trump did fine at the debate. He had a good number of strong come-backs and he didn't give Hillary the satisfaction of blundering during her well rehearsed trigger statements she hurled at him. I'm sure the DNC felt deflated after the debate. Good.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:16 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Cheryl Fields

    09/27/2016 01:15 PM

    Hillary came across as too rehearsed, trying to make sure she said the right thing. At times her eye-rolling smugness was about too much to bear. I'm probably the least violent person you will ever meet and I wanted to reach through the TV and smack her. I was disappointed Trump let some opportunities pass to remind the public of the email scandal, the Clinton Foundation and Benghazi. I hope in the next 2 debates he can speak on these events, but I hope he continues to speak in an unruffled manner, showing those undecided that it's time to get rid of the "politician" and have a business man run the business of America properly. Thank you for your candid analysis.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:13 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Betty Holmes

    09/27/2016 01:08 PM

    I never knew how much I truly disliked Hillary Clinton until I saw the debate last night. I could hardly tolerate her smug, plastered smile, and her constant smirking. Well, why not? Look what she has just proven to the world....that she is "above the law" . She is Hillary Clinton. And when she seemingly addressed the foreign nations with "we will keep our word to you," I so wanted Mr. Trump to interrupt her with "they have all seen your email scandal, your Benghazi scandal, and how you lied even under oath at the House of Representatives inquiry. Of course, if you become president, you'll keep your word!"

  • Steven Sullivan

    09/27/2016 01:03 PM

    I agree with your assessment. I was disappointed by the number of missed opportunities Mr. Trump was given. Such as he could have quickly taken control of the issue of the alleged "stiffed" former employees by simply pointing out that Clinton allowed her former employees to perish in Benghazi. However I believe he's a quick study and will be more on the offense next time around.

  • Jim Carlson

    09/27/2016 12:57 PM

    Mike,
    I am a Trumpster. And The Donald needs to fight fire with fire and definitively prosecute Hillary, the Harvard trained lawyer, in these debates. As in item (exibit) A,B,C,D,, and so on. And nail the "Artful Dodger" down. Now, when she is lying let's refer to that as "Another Whopper", ( A artful way to point out her lying) and then there is the Half whopper, (mixing in just enough truth in order to sell the bulk of the proposition, which is fiction. (If you think about it, there is no end to the adjectives to assign to her Whoopers, Real, Big, Little, Monumental, Unbelievable, and so on). Reagan had a way with the "There you go again... Case in point, Hillary started the Birther deal in her previous campaign, Trump simply finished it. For her! She should thank him! Now, when she talks law and order, let's start with Her!.. Exibit A,B,C,D, and so on. Prosecute her! She is a slippery fish, and before you know it she is off the hook. She talks about all she has done (What a target rich environment). Great! Lets just do that, starting.. with the Results! From the Middle East to Iran, on to trade and so on. Here is what you have done! Exhibit A,B,C,D,E,F,G,...Right down the line. Cyber security, oh, she is big on that! Le's talk about that! In fact, I cannot wait! Starting with her personnel, systems and devises! Oh my God! Yer kidding right? Law and order? I would love too!. Specifically which laws? All of them? Some of them? How about A? How about B? And C, and D, and E,?? (Your answer sounds like a mixture of Whoppers and Half Whoppers to me...) In fact you may just be the home of the Whopper. Race relations? You tell a bunch of whoppers about me, but the facts are "you all" been in Charge! Not me. How is that working out for everyone? There is so much fertile ground. Prosecute her.

  • Marilyn Moshos

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    Mike: I appreciated your 'take' on last nights debate. I admit I was disappointed in Trump staying in the defensive mode rather than in the controlling 'attack' mode. I did think he kept good control and didn't resort to any name calling etc. Hillary was prepared...after all, she learned to debate when she was a lawyer and then became a politician. Trump doesn't have those years of practice debating. People do want to hear facts. And being a Trump fan, I want him to go after Hillary with facts. Quit defending himself unless he can weave some facts about himself into attacking her lies. Did not think the moderator was fair. But won't go into that.

  • Mary Harrison

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    I thought the debate was slanted towards Hillary Clinton. She wasn't asked the hard questions and was 'helped' by the host. It was not a debate that was interesting or informative. I don't care where Obama was born! He isn't running for office now, anyway. What about the real issues??? They weren't really addressed in my opinion. Really don't know anymore now then we knew before the debate. I hope the next debate asks the questions most of us want to hear. And that Donald Trump comes down hard on Hillary Clinton. Chelsea is a big girl now, a clone almost of Hillary. Can't hurt her. If the second debate isn't better than the first, I will turn it OFF.

  • Henry W Engel

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    Mike...
    You are spot on with your critique of the debate. We (meaning average Joes) are so tired of all the political correctness, campaign rhetoric, false promises, wasting money and lifetime politicians that really could care less about us. Finally......Donald Trump has arrived! A fresh face without all the baggage associated with campaign financing issues. Hillary is just another lifelong politian that carries a boatload of baggage...deleted emails, illegal server, countless destroyed devices, Benghazi lies, Clinton Foundation scandals including pay for play, aides taking the 5th to name only a few. This woman should be in jail like the rest of us Joes would be...not fair the chosen skate by. I'm all for a woman in the White House....just please.....NOT THIS ONE! Thanks Mike for listening.....,and all you do for us!

  • Candace Siderides

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    I was so very disappointed in Trump. He allowed Hillary and her snarky smirk get the best of him. He sounded juvenile with his comment about having ad stuff to use but he wasn't going to...then we find out the bad stuff was about Bills infidelities...and Trump didn't want to hurt Chelsea...well Chelsea already knew and obviously accepts them like her mother does...the price one pays to hang onto Bills coat tails. Trump needs someone to teach him how to breathe and talk...all those wet breaths are offputting. There is a pattern for breathing and talking just like singing and breathing. Mostly though Trump sounded very lame...a school kid fighting with the school bully and losing.

  • Martha P. Culbertson

    09/27/2016 12:53 PM

    Thank you for supporting Donald Trump. He is our only hope for a recovery of our once great Nation. One thought comes to mind that has not been given enough attention, is the very stupid idea that Obama and his administration plan to give away the American intervention the "internet." We need to definitely not allow this to happen.

  • Diane Horne

    09/27/2016 12:52 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree with everything you said. Please give Mr. Trump your suggestions.
    This may seem insignificant, but why doesn't Hillary wear the flag pin?
    Keep up your good work. Thank you.

  • Marcia J. Jones

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I would tell Trump to rest up, be prepared, be firm, smile, don't squint and rely on God. He needs a longer microphone so he doesn't have to stoop to answer. Overall, for a first one on one debate, I thought he did well. I do feel the American public wants answers on Benghazi, 33,000 e-mails, etc. Holt was nitpicking to make Trump look bad. How about some "meaty" questions on immigration?! That is a big issue for Americans. Trump needs to lay out the facts so the undecided voters will know the issues, via the Clinton Foundation, ISIS, immigration etc. God bless!

  • Judi Doster

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    In 2012, the first debate had Romney running circles around Obama. Obama learned from this as will Mr. Trump. The omissions of(to name a few) Benghazi, reckless email and her well deserved image of Secretary of Serial Lying, will be addressed Viewers were not tuned in to hear substance , but to watch...anticipating a train wreck. Instead, his head did not explode and she did not pass out and fall flat on her face...pity.

  • Jane G. Hall

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I agree with you overall. I believe that Trump wanted to answer the questions that were presented to him. The subject matter did not allow much room for a "pivot". Some practice in "pivoting" would be helpful, I think. He clearly did not prepare for a classical debate and did not stuff his head with a lot of canned responses. I DO NOT CARE. Not one little bit. Her responses were textbook and prepared. I heard NOTHING of her "heart". Trump really cares for the people dying in the inner cities. He kept talking about "we the People". THAT came through loud and clear. Overall, I believe he won the debate. Blessings, Mike!

  • Jeanne Phillips

    09/27/2016 12:46 PM

    I saw a picture of Hillary somewhat bent over after the debate. She definitely had something attached to her body under clothing. Did anyone else notice this? Mainstream is not talking.

  • Sherry Bower

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I was offended by Hillary's comments to Trump about who has contributed to his wealth, and foreign banks and he must be hiding something - I mean that is a lot of nerve on her part considering thousands of emails, Clinton foundation contributions from countries, pay to play, etc.. it just showed me that she knows she is above the law - but it applies to everyone else.

  • Susan Peebles

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I believe Mr. Trump will be better prepared for the next debate. All he has to do is keep bringing up the scandals and attempts to deceive the public. There are so many, Clinton Foundation's pay for play, email server by repeating FBI Director Comey's comments, Benghazi, no accomplishments as a Senator. Not to mention her views on immigration and border security. She's pro choice up to delivery date. And she's a liar and can't be trusted.

  • Diane Cherechinsky

    09/27/2016 12:41 PM

    I watched the debate from start to finish and after. My thoughts were that HC had no fire in her belly.She was too rehearsed and talked in a monotone voice.I thought she was on drugs,she showed no emotion what so ever. Yes Donald was worked up but isn't that what our country needs? Mr. Huckabee I go back to president Truman,I also voted for John Kennedy.He was different than the other nominees. Now Trump is my Kennedy.He's different than the same ol,same ol. Lester left out too many important issues'I hope the next debate Trump is ALL fire and brimstone!

  • Laurel DeLong

    09/27/2016 12:40 PM

    Well I am for Trump...but that whole debate was not even worth watching. Now you could tell she was reading something from her podium and a guy comes up just as they are leaving the stage and grabs some paperwork from her podium??? Whats that about. Hillary took over and Donald just pretty much didn't even bring up all the issues about Hillary we wanted to hear! She seemed to get the best of him even with her scripted robotic answers. What happen to emails (dishonesty), Clinton foundation (per Donald's taxes), immigration of terrorists (Country safety), etc. etc. I was not impressed in the least. This is where he needs to get all the negative points out about Hillary when millions are watching. Where was our Donald...he was subdued, drinking water all the time (which I thought Hillary would do), "sniffing"??? and a humdrum face with no smiles, or anything????.

  • deborah shingleton

    09/27/2016 12:36 PM

    I felt Trump was not hard enough on Clinton.. Granted he didn't want to hit her hard bc of Chelsea but REALLY she is grown and she knows all this stuff anyway! Being a woman has nothing to do with it..She is playing hard ball, don't let her sex be used against you Trump...This is a serious election. If she gets flustered and out of sorts that is a good thing....better to have it come out now than in the whitehouse...Even the moderators are helping her....The people are with you Trump and most important God is with Trump!! the fact that the Terrorist's of Orlando's father was at her rally should have been brought out since she supports the LGBT so much. The fact she lied about her emails and Benghazi. the fact she said she didn't remember her being told about classified material and how to handle it is a problem for future events. what else does she not remember? The more upset she gets the more likely her health issues will show!!

  • Mary J. cherry

    09/27/2016 12:35 PM

    I have been behind Trump all the way. I voted for him in the Alabama primary and I have donated to his campaign, not once but four times. However, I think he missed a lot of opportunities to hammer home Hillary's shortcomings. Americans want change. They wanted it eight years ago and that is why they voted for Barack Obama and not Hillary. We got change, but not the right kind of change. Obama has weakened our defense, opened our borders to people who can not be properly vetted, allowed sanctuary cities, ruined our health care system and divided our country by race, gender and religion. He threatens our whole way of life and Hillary has promised the same. Americans are again seeking change and I hope they get it.

  • Colleen Eggert

    09/27/2016 12:33 PM

    While Mr. Trump is clearly not a career politician he does drive home numbers to improve our economic and trade ills. However people like myself that appreciate his 'real talk' that isn't polished, we would also appreciate at least some names that he has in mind to tackle ISIS, Foreign trade, etc. There needs to be more detail into who, what, where, and why his plans will work. I thought he did rather well considering the biased media and moderator. He held his own with grace and passion. Both qualities that seem to be missing from presidents of the last 30 years at least.

  • Terri Hamby

    09/27/2016 12:28 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I like what you have say. I was disappointed in the so-called-debate, and was bored to tears. I did not want to hear Trump defend his business so much. I am a Trump supporter and will vote for him because I know the history of the Democrat Party and the history of the Clinton crime family. I believe Trump's mission is to try and save America. I know Hillary's mission is to destroy America's sovereignty.

  • Judy morris

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    Please encourage Trump to hire a debate coach, and to set aside time before the next debate to actually prepare. AND he needs to listen to the coach. He is his own worst enemy, he acts too arrogant and smug. He needs to look presidential and act it, not slouch and act immature. I realize he is the best choice, but he appeared immature with all the facial expressions and body language. It also did not serve him well to talk over her, unless she treated him the same way, and she did not. She patiently waited with a look of confidence and at times a smirk of joy, before responding. He makes good points about our problems, but he needs to convince us he has the patience, temperament and plan to actually carry out his plans. I think he would do well by just saying "you know, I am not a politician, I am a business man with a great business strategy. I know how to hire the right people to manage the areas where I am not experienced.

    He also needs to be sure to bring out the major points that are drawing people to vote for him. He will not be a politician like we have ever seen before and that is a good thing .....why? Then explain. The immigration issue in itself is a huge deal. What ICE directors and employees had to say in endorsing him is certainly worth of noting.

    He must settle down, be presidential. Mature, poised and confident, not cocky. We need to know he can control his temper and his tongue. However, he may have to go after her on her emails, Benghazi, and a host of other solid issues, and not be ashamed to do it.

  • Marion Millen

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    I agree with your comments on Hillary. She is boorish and for those who pay attention, we see a phony Donald called it right when he said, "You have had your whole life to do something and you haven't." And, ""yes, you have experience, but it is bad experience." He is correct and I am no fan of his, however, I loathe her and what she wants to do to this country all for her own personal gain and ego.

    Donald had plenty of opportunities to hit her (figuratively speaking) and show what a phony she is but I think his handlers had him so worried about staying calm and filtered that he couldn't think of all he needed to say to put her in her place. She said people didn't get paid by him, his response should have been loud and clear that at least people haven't been dying under him. He should have brought out how if she can't even go by proper security procedures and keep her own information secure and protect her people in Benghazi how could she protect this whole country…..these things are all true and relevant!!! Put it out there…and when she brought up his language about women…politely tell her to not go there, because there are plenty of women that could say a thing or two about her and her conduct…and her husbands conduct. There are plenty of polite ways to stop someone in their tracks without getting down and dirty! And she has given us all plenty to go after.

  • Jeff Shephard

    09/27/2016 12:25 PM

    Mr. Trump has to make changes now if we expect to win in November. He allowed Clinton to tell too many lies without a response. It was like watching a slow pitch softball game and the pitcher sending a slow roller over the plate, only to have the batter look the other way. She said she displayed "stamina" by testifying in front of Congress on Bengazi - no response. She called Trump a racist three times - with no real response. She said she protected Americans as Secretary of State - that was left alone. Yes, the moderator and crowd were obviously biased against Trump and Holt was TOTALLY out of line many times. It was a set up and Trump wasn't prepared. Drop the stories about what you own and stop smirking. We can't afford to have 8 more years of Obamanomics and Clinton will be the demise of the US if allowed to be in office. As a husband, father, veteran and small business owner, I am more concerned with where we are as a nation than ever before. Last night I found myself in disbelief that these two people debating were the best Amercia has to offer. Very disappointed!

My Thoughts On Last Night's Debate

September 27, 2016 |

This post is sponsored by Iris Plans.

By now, you’ve probably heard debate analysis until you’re tired of it (I heard from a number of people who got tired of the debate itself and tuned out halfway through), but I’ll throw in my two cents. I think I have a unique perspective most of the talking heads don’t have, since I’ve actually participated in Presidential debates, including debates with Donald Trump.

First of all, when you listen to all the armchair quarterbacking about who won or lost, remember that there are two scales for determining that, and the one the pundits use is almost entirely irrelevant. They like to judge the winner on points, as if it were a UIL high school debate. By that measure, I think we can all agree that Hillary did everything a good, practiced debater should do. She obviously studied for days, memorizing what stand-up comics call “hunks,” or carefully-crafted pieces of a monologue, each word painstakingly honed to accomplish the multiple goals of making herself look steady, experienced and well-informed and her opponent seem dangerous and unready. You could easily imagine her rehearsing into her bathroom mirror, practicing smiling while sticking in the shiv.

---------- 

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

----------

Trump, on the other hand, often seemed to be winging it. He’s great at that, and he landed some solid hits, but he also let a lot of softballs whiff by. He sometimes went into rhetorical cul-de-sacs, repeating the “we make bad deals” theme that can make him sound like a one-trick pony. And he let Hillary (and moderator Lester Holt, but more on that later) put him on the defensive too often. For instance, he could have brushed off some of the piddling attacks on non-issues like birtherism or what he once allegedly said about a beauty pageant contestant by reminding viewers of the serious issues America faces and how such petty nonsense pales in significance to Clinton’s demonstrated record of failure on national security and the economy. But he missed many such opportunities. Plus, Hillary made it all the way through the debate without fainting or having a seizure. I know that sounds facetious, but a lot of people were watching very closely for signs of ill health, and she managed to “power through” admirably. So on the “Tracy Flick” high school debate “win through doing homework” scale, I’d have to give the debate to Hillary.

However…

The only judges who really matter are the undecided voters in the viewing audience. And I doubt that many of them were watching to hear what Hillary said (although if she had passed out, that might have influenced their votes.) After more than 30 years in politics, Hillary Clinton is known only too well. Her carefully focus-grouped speeches about all her government experience and her 25-point plans don’t impress anyone who knows that it was bad experience and that her plans are nothing but more of the same foreign policy weakness that’s letting ISIS, Iran, Russia, China and North Korea eat our lunch and the same old big government control policies of tax/regulate/spend (sorry: “investments”) that have exploded the debt, crippled small business and put Obama on track to be the first President in history never to preside over a single year of GDP growth above 3 percent (One of Trump’s best moments came when he declared that America can’t afford four more years of her kind of experience.) And does anyone with a memory longer than a housecat’s truly believe that the 2008 meltdown was caused by tax cuts and not by Clinton/Carter policies that forced banks to give home loans to people who couldn’t pay them back? Hofstra University should’ve issued a “trigger warning” to conservatives that they might hear some revisionist history that would cause them to do double-takes that could induce whiplash.

No, undecided voters likely won’t be swayed by Hillary’s shiny new plans to deal with the disasters caused by her previous plans. Many of her claims were downright laughable, such as her smug assurance that she’s uniquely qualified to fight cyber threats from foreign governments, when we all know she thinks you “wipe” a server with a dust cloth and destroy data by hitting smartphones with a hammer, and all her own emails are all over WikiLeaks. I would also hope everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a “nuclear button” – the only person who ever traveled to Russia with a Staples-like prop push-button was Hillary. And her attempts to spark Internet memes with painful canned groaners like “trumped-up trickle down” – she said that twice, as if it would sound wittier the second time – landed with a clunk and just drew attention to her lack of spontaneity.

After 30 years of exposure to Hillary, anyone who has still not decided to support her is likely someone who really doesn’t want to but is scared of the alternative, after hearing the non-stop Democrat/media depiction of Trump as a crazy, fire-breathing, sexist, racist fascist or any other “ist” the liberals can think up. Trump proved to fence-sitters that he can show restraint when attacked, which was the whole point of goading him. For instance, when Hillary brought up some left-field accusations of sexist things he’d allegedly once said, he could have pointed out the bull elephant in the room – her husband Bill -- but he declined in deference to Chelsea being present. That may have frustrated conservatives who wanted to see blood drawn, but Trump was appealing to the undecideds who wanted to be reassured that he was a palatable alternative to Hillary. Not taking the bait helped him clear that low bar. By that far more important standard, Trump was the winner, because he was playing for votes, not an A+ from the media debate judges.

By the way, one of the best comments I saw online was from a poster on the Yahoo News comments section, who said that Trump reminded him of a doctor with no bedside manner. He tells you that you need to lose 100 pounds and stop smoking. You’re offended, you’re angry, you come up with 10 reasons why he’s crazy…and then you finally realize that he’s the only one telling you the truth.

Finally, a word on moderator Lester Holt. I’m hearing a lot of complaints about bias, and they’re not unjustified. Some of the bias was by omission; for instance, Holt devoted a ridiculous amount of time to the long-past-its-shelf-date birtherism story (news flash: Obama isn’t even running this year), yet never brought up the Clinton Foundation and its pay-to-play scandal, the immunity deals the FBI handed out like pizza discount coupons to Hillary insiders, her family’s enrichment through speeches to Wall Street banks and foreign nations with business before the government, her plan to greatly increase the flow of Syrian refugees and many other issues far more relevant to this election. And as Clinton kept giving shout-outs to her “fact-checkers” (the greatest misnomer of 2016) to save her, Holt answered her call, repeatedly arguing with Trump on her behalf (actual fact-check: Trump’s claim about the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk was correct). But there’s no point in a Republican whining about the moderator being a biased liberal. It goes with the territory. Besides, if Holt didn’t slant the questions and drill down harder on Trump, he might find himself exiled to the Siberia of TV news channels, MSNBC. Who can blame him for wanting to avoid that?

-------------

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

--------------

Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!
Captcha

Comments 51-100 of 140

  • John Mishoe

    09/27/2016 03:44 PM

    I am a deplorable that supports trump .
    I agree with law and order which Trump supports . how do we get illegal guns off the street?
    I think Trump is right in saying that we need jobs etc .
    I think America needs to worry about America and rebuild our military and infrastructures .if the idiots oversease want to bomb each other so be it .we need to put us first in the united states of america and stop worrying about foreign countries and giving them money when we have homless vets in our country as well as other .why can we send food to foreign countries when we have hungry people that beed help here but have to jump thru red tape to get assistance .its time to worry about issues in our own back yard for a change.
    Thank you and God Bless

  • Rebecca Haydon Jolly

    09/27/2016 03:41 PM

    Thank you for taking our comments!
    First, this is only the first debate! Mrs. Clinton did well as expected. Mr. Trump did a respectful job. I hope that many of our friends and family members understand that the next one will be more specific on pointed questions. Mr. Trump can do better and he will!! This week democratic propaganda in my mailbox is every day??

    Everyone please vote!!!!????????????????

    What concerns me greatly is the lack of help or support from Paul Ryan!! He needs to support and help!! I am so angry at the old guard of republicans!! I am a white college educated female, that has always voted republican!!

  • Jeannie beverly

    09/27/2016 03:30 PM

    I must say that I was disappointed with trumps performance. I'm really hoping its part of a larger strategy. He had so many windows to attack her on legit issues...but he didn't use the opportunity. Also he said that he 'didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings' & noted Chelsea's presence when referring to an attack he could have launched, but decided against. Hurt feelings? This election is not about 'feelings' the truth needs to be said no matter how brutal it is. This sugar coating had got to stop. At first I thought trump running for office was a joke...I had only known him by name and seen him here and there on the news. (I've never seen the apprentice) , but I found myself quickly aligned with his views and his no holds barred personality. He showed a bit of weakness here and there and he needs to knock it off!
    With that being said...he has my full support and I truly admire him.

  • Kaprece Stallings

    09/27/2016 03:25 PM

    I thought Hillary came across condescending and arrogant whereas Trump was more affable towards his opponent. In fact, he would periodically agree with certain aspects of what Hillary said. However, I don't remember Hillary saying she agreed with anything that Trump said. In addition, I found it most interesting that Hillary did not wear an American flag pin on her lapel as most presidential nominees often do.

  • Mary Lou Barovich

    09/27/2016 03:16 PM

    Unfortunately, it appears she won the debate. She is hitting him hard again today. He missed many, many opportunities last night. He should have confronted Holt on asking him hard questions and not Hillary.
    Holt, by the way, owes Trump and American people an apology. He was biased and very unprofessional.
    I love Mr. Trump and what you are all trying to do by working together, to save our country. But he can not miss opportunities to bring out her shortcomings. I don't believe the other debates will have the same number of viewers as the first one. Saddens me the opportunities missed. However, we must move forward. I would insist on 1) two moderators one to keep the other one honest and 2) Hillary leave her ear piece home; 3) Trump prepare more. It seems to had memorized her responses and makes me wonder if you received the questions ahead of time. Who was she practicing with HOlt? Sure seemed so to me.

  • Mary L Nyquist

    09/27/2016 03:07 PM

    I thought Mr Trump gave a good showing in the debate. However I thought the debate was totally one sided. It was obvious that the moderator was not interested in asking Hillary any pertinent hard questions. I would like to have seen a Donald Trump who was not easily provoked. I would also like to see less facial expression and one word remarks. I think that he is going to have to let the personal attacks like the birther issue and his tax question slide off his back, with only a to the point one line response. I don't think most people care about his tax returns and Hillary and the moderator used it to short stop Mr Trump. I think things that affect him personally should not overshadow the main focus of his policies. He is an intelligent man and very experienced in handling money and definitely more capable of bringing this country back to sound financial status than Hillary ever thought about being. He has also surrounded himself with people who have experience in the areas where he needs them. He is smart enough to realize he needs them. It takes a person who is very smart and strong to do that. The experience Hillary has is the experience of Saul Alinsky and all the other wack o's she has aligned herself with all these years ever since she was in college. Those people were the anti-American group who disrupted our lives in the 1960s and forward.
    He should have taken the opportunity to bring out all the dishonest things that Clinton has done, there are enough of them to take up a good part of his time and the American people are interested in what she is and what shes done period. She's a woman who left our ambassador and our citizens to die in Benghazi, a woman whose computers and blackberries have been subpoenaed , after which she deliberately tries to hide the evidence by beating them with a hammer and using cleaning software and that alone shows she is not an honest woman who we would want to be in charge of anything important. Donald Trump is in a position and has the means to find out the facts and then he should also ask her about the deal she brokered that gave Russia a percentage (I think 20%) of our uranium rights in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation, along with all the other deals they made on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. Those alone are almost unbelievable except that we know the woman.
    Mr Trump, be respectful (I know it will be hard) but find out the actual facts on all these issues and bring them to the American public's attention and I don't think there's any chance of anyone deciding they want Hillary for their leader.
    Mr Trump needs to stay focused on the big picture and not let them lead him onto the "bunny paths" that Clinton obviously studied so hard to do, and its plain to see she had a lot of help from the moderator.

  • Fran kumpula

    09/27/2016 02:50 PM

    Hillary may be more articulate than Trump but a questionable 30 year political career hasn't proven her to make good decisions. On the contrary! What she is so polished in doing is smoothly glossing over her history for the benefit of the women who support her stance on abortion, and workplace benefits, minorities, illegals, refugees, blue collar workers who may not understand what she isn't saying, what rights she will be taking away from business owners, taxation. She says she will tax the wealthy Americans their fair share. That translates to the employer having more government regulation, profit sharing(!!!), higher taxes, higher wages, higher insurance premiums which means the rest of us wil be paying more for everything they provide! That's what you call trickle down taxes! She says she's going to help the middle class. Really! Higher wages, etc. but much higher cost of living. It may even mean the loss of their job. How much can you bleed the small business? What about the higher cost of living for seniors on fixed incomes? With the influx of increasingly more and more refugees and amnesty for the millions of illegals, guess who will be paying more out of pocket for health care with premiums and out of pocket deductibles going up and up and up? What about our police force who are already under fire for trying to protect Americans but are on the line for every move dealing with criminals and repeat offenders on the street? Hillary can't be trusted with our national security, economy, plus her Supreme Court selection. Too much is at stake!

  • Karen Cross

    09/27/2016 02:44 PM

    As a donator and supporter of the Trump campaign I am angered by last night and Mr. Trumps lack of practice/commitment of the debate. I didn't like waking up to the medias glee this morning over being handed a free ticket to criticize this campaign yet again. I am a die hard backer of Trump, but lately I have been getting discouraged with the handlers and the bad media coverage. Lester Holt is a biased pig and anyone with half a brain in their head knew this is the way it would go down. This is why my anger at the Trump campaign. They knew this is what was going to happen.... Trump had an amazing chance to really take Hillary down last night and make Holt look like the Bias jerk he is. But that is not what happened instead this morning Trump is making calls complaining about the bias! Really...

  • Beverly Singleton

    09/27/2016 02:38 PM

    Gov Huckabee, you are always right on! Could you please let Mr Trump know we love him and support him, and he is a breath of fresh reality, however, no matter what crooked Hillary says or does, he needs to totally keep his composure. Don't let her walk all over him, but zing her back with calm, terse command. I wanted to shake Lester Holt. Can't believe Matt Lauer was more fair than Lester. But then I guess after Matt, Lester had his marching orders. Lester was the last mainstream media anchor I cared to watch. When are you coming back to TV?

  • Kathy Frost

    09/27/2016 02:30 PM

    Hillary's answers seemed a little too rehearsed, as if she had seen the questions ahead of time. Lester questioned and interrupted Trump several different times, but not so for Hillary. If the moderator had been unbiased, he might have asked questions of Hillary about Benghazi, emails, Clinton Foundation, etc. However, his questions all seemed to be directed towards Trump about tax returns, birtherism, stop and frisk, etc. It did appear that Trump was debating both Hillary and Lester Holt, and yet Trump still came up with some pretty good answers, especially in regards to trade with other countries.

  • Kathy Barnes

    09/27/2016 02:15 PM

    Unfortunately, I think Clinton won the debate. The debate started out well with some very good arguments but started going downhill when he got defensive about the birther subject, and derogatory remarks he made about woman that Hillary brought up. He had already made a statement about the birther subject earlier this month. I think he should have just said "I already told you my final thoughts on that subject and I'm not discussing it anymore." I have never heard of him purposely being disrespectful to women unless they attack him first. Hillary loves to bait Trump to get his reaction and too many times he plays into her hands. He also rambles on too long when answering a question and gets off the subject. I'm hoping he reviews this debate and corrects his mistakes at the next debate. He's not a politician, he's a businessman so I like to cut him a little slack. None of this has changed my mind, I'm still voting Trump because there is no way we can survive four to eight more years of Obama policies.

  • Tom Spencer

    09/27/2016 02:12 PM

    The ONLY things DJ Trump should talk about: Jobs! Immigration! Economy! Law and Order! National Security! Her Lies! Clinton Corruption! Forget the other garbage. Go after her. Call her Hillary, NOT Secretary Clinton !!!!!!!! Shorter answers, more focused! Be inspiring ! Praise hard-working Americans !

  • Louisa Dussault

    09/27/2016 01:55 PM

    Well Mr. Huckabee, I have been watching this Presidential race very closely. I come crime a middle class haspanic family where my parents worked very hard to provide us with the best upbringing of being proud of the little things that only matter, roof over our head, food at our table, understanding hard work and appreciating it, respecting one another and being thankful to be an American. You see, my father worked hard to put us in a private Catholic school, which I deeply owe my deepest respect as it taught me the true values of life. I didn't even know English although my parents and I were all born in the United States, it's just because Spanish was mostly spoken. As my parents put us in school we were only taught English as I remember, never forgetting my Spanish. My parents felt proud as their children learned the American language and the Benifits we got from that was being bilingual, but it was important for us to know the English language because we were Americans. As an of my older generation of illegal family members who have come into the United States, they came the legal way, the right way. These past eight years have taken a turn on my family that have worked so hard to live comfortably, my father who owned his construction company for a lifetime is gone, he lives in the highest unemployment city and now struggles for everything! It breaks my heart that I've seen so much corruption in the lies this Obama government insist that everything is better and then to see Hillary in the debate last night continue to lie about it! She'll say anything to be elected! I'm tired of the direction the Democratic Party has taken in the last eight years and what it had truthfully done to my family, I think everyday of how hard my parents struggled for us and the teaching us the true meaning of the American life and for that I have truly educated my parents that the don't just vote Democratic because the Hispanic, you vote because your an American! I love knowing my father now takes the election seriously hand and with me and to see him understanding the facts and lies we will be voting to "Making America Great Again!" God Bless America!

  • Michele McIntyre

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    The debate was more painful than a root canal but I powered through. I am a never-Hillary and needed Trump to focus and look Presidential--those were my bare minimum expectations. Even with my anti-Hillary bias, I found Trump to be a petulant schoolboy, arguing with Hillary and Lester, interrupting in a way that highlights his self importance and his lack of control. He couldn't seem to take a subject and clearly and consisely make a point. Slurping his water and sniffing. Who the heck is prepping him? What happened to EYE CONTACT with the camera. This is a Presidential election. He missed so many opportunities. I think it was Matt Walsh who said Trump shined for the first 30 minutes and too bad the debate was 1.5 hours. I watched with my two high school students and we were all embarrassed for him, for ourselves, for our Country, pretty much five minutes in. He couldn't just look and sound Presidential? This is the best we have? Like a lot of voters, I am seriously disgusted that we are in this position. Good grief, may God help us all!

  • Sophia Lee

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    If Trump only cuts taxes for every American, he's is hired!

  • Tammy Paseur

    09/27/2016 01:49 PM

    I was not surprised at all about the racial issue being brought up by Lester because that is the lead that Clinton and Obama have planned to use all along, using the sympathy of the minority for votes. But, I wish that Trump would allow himself to be straight forward on his points instead of meandering from one issue & veer off to something else. Her smug, ( I got this) look was just what she had been rehearsing for a long time, but the average voter just thinks she is cool and collected. Trump has to use his "trump" cards every time she dishes out her version of mud on him, he needs to be ready, calm and accurate with facts about her criminal history and remind Americans of how "they" have betrayed us, all the way back to whitewater. Benghazi , her emails, watch videos of when she was running against Obama and reflect on what they said about each other and compare it to the turn around support he has for her now! It is all just a power struggle for them, to keep getting money from every source they can derive it from. They do NOT care about the working people or society as a whole, only (the Clintons & Obamas) greed and power! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK, sick of the politics and corruption, and one more point..the Kennedy's backing her and Obama from back in 2008 before Ted died, Patrick Kennedy is on the investigation of her emails, who is dumb enough to think he is going to implement her in anything illegal, they own each other! TRUMP 2016!!!

  • Judy Wooten

    09/27/2016 01:43 PM

    Last night's debate was a bitter disappointment. Trump does excellent on spontaneously talking when HE is controlling the conversation and topics. The debate presents a different format and I honestly do not feel that he was well prepared. He is used to being a one-man show - both in his businesses and the campaign trail. People who are used to "running the show" or being the best - have a difficult time listening to their coaches....and I think that was very apparent last evening. He missed quite a few opportunities to bring the conversation back to substance - instead of getting caught up in the traps she successfully laid out for him. I am glad that he refrained from bringing Bill's exploits onto the stage. He would have been strangled with "he's not running for president - 'what difference does it make'?" Instead, Trump should have looked for an opportunity to drop that one liner!
    I won't be surprised if we come to find out that Hillary wore an excessive amount of perfume intentionally....just to make him "sniffle".........

  • Ellen Mayo

    09/27/2016 01:34 PM

    If Trump wants to win a debate with HRC, he needs to learn HOW TO DEBATE. Standing at the podium and spouting words that ramble all over the place is not going to do it. If he truly wants to best HRC, he better call Ted Cruz and ask for his help. A few lessons from Ted on how to debate would go a long ways in making Trump's performance better. He also needs to stop revealing his emotions when HRC is speaking. All the facial expressions just look ridiculous.

  • Dinne Towe

    09/27/2016 01:30 PM

    He needs to let all this past of what he said or did run over him like water over a ducks back and bear down on HC for all her lies and deceit that she has perpetrated for years on the American people and not let up on her. Keep pressing all the Bengazzi, FBI, and so many other issues without ceasing. He needs to have concrete plans to share or at least how he intends to come up with a plan by surrounding himself with the very best America has to offer in a specific field and stick to the current issues at hand. Mike you've got a good summary of the debate now to get him on point.

  • Jerri Hendricks White

    09/27/2016 01:28 PM

    I think Mr. Trump maintained his composure very well, considering the baiting by Hillary and the moderator. The goal of the liberals was to trip him up and keep the debate rather superficial. In spite of their efforts, Mr. Trump stood his ground respectfully and was able to make some good points. I believe it would have been fine for him to diplomatically point out Hillary's failures more than he did, but I believe he was handicapped, so to speak, with the extreme liberal bias that prevailed. Vicious slams and robotic rhetoric like that demonstrated by Hillary are not presidential and therefore, Mr. Trump won in my mind. TRUMP PENCE 2016

  • Judy Hemery

    09/27/2016 01:25 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    The real winners are the American people who are aware of the facts and truths. Informed Americans are not deceived by Mrs. Clinton. Thanks for the hard work and great effort you put into bringing truth to the public.

  • Susan Vincent

    09/27/2016 01:23 PM

    I agree with a lot of Mike's analysis. However, as a voter who is very anti-Hillary, my heart is still sad that Trump has not learned how to communicate his ideas (the few he has anyway) effectively.

  • Lynn M

    09/27/2016 01:21 PM

    Hillary offered well spoken, polished, and rehearsed paragraphs to the point of actually sounding and looking like a robot. I am not voting for a good, polished speaker for president. I am voting for someone who has fresh ideas and can get us out of the mess we are in. She was (as usual) protected from hard questions, which is a slap in the face to all Americans. Holt fact checking Trump was embarrassing because he just wouldn't let it go. Why? This is peanuts compared to what Hillary has done with her Foundation, the lies she told about her email server, and the lies and cover-up over her failure with Benghazi. A good journalist would spend some time on these topics because these are things that digs into the character of who a person really is (not the questions on whether or not Obama was born in America). I felt Trump did fine at the debate. He had a good number of strong come-backs and he didn't give Hillary the satisfaction of blundering during her well rehearsed trigger statements she hurled at him. I'm sure the DNC felt deflated after the debate. Good.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:16 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Cheryl Fields

    09/27/2016 01:15 PM

    Hillary came across as too rehearsed, trying to make sure she said the right thing. At times her eye-rolling smugness was about too much to bear. I'm probably the least violent person you will ever meet and I wanted to reach through the TV and smack her. I was disappointed Trump let some opportunities pass to remind the public of the email scandal, the Clinton Foundation and Benghazi. I hope in the next 2 debates he can speak on these events, but I hope he continues to speak in an unruffled manner, showing those undecided that it's time to get rid of the "politician" and have a business man run the business of America properly. Thank you for your candid analysis.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:13 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Betty Holmes

    09/27/2016 01:08 PM

    I never knew how much I truly disliked Hillary Clinton until I saw the debate last night. I could hardly tolerate her smug, plastered smile, and her constant smirking. Well, why not? Look what she has just proven to the world....that she is "above the law" . She is Hillary Clinton. And when she seemingly addressed the foreign nations with "we will keep our word to you," I so wanted Mr. Trump to interrupt her with "they have all seen your email scandal, your Benghazi scandal, and how you lied even under oath at the House of Representatives inquiry. Of course, if you become president, you'll keep your word!"

  • Steven Sullivan

    09/27/2016 01:03 PM

    I agree with your assessment. I was disappointed by the number of missed opportunities Mr. Trump was given. Such as he could have quickly taken control of the issue of the alleged "stiffed" former employees by simply pointing out that Clinton allowed her former employees to perish in Benghazi. However I believe he's a quick study and will be more on the offense next time around.

  • Jim Carlson

    09/27/2016 12:57 PM

    Mike,
    I am a Trumpster. And The Donald needs to fight fire with fire and definitively prosecute Hillary, the Harvard trained lawyer, in these debates. As in item (exibit) A,B,C,D,, and so on. And nail the "Artful Dodger" down. Now, when she is lying let's refer to that as "Another Whopper", ( A artful way to point out her lying) and then there is the Half whopper, (mixing in just enough truth in order to sell the bulk of the proposition, which is fiction. (If you think about it, there is no end to the adjectives to assign to her Whoopers, Real, Big, Little, Monumental, Unbelievable, and so on). Reagan had a way with the "There you go again... Case in point, Hillary started the Birther deal in her previous campaign, Trump simply finished it. For her! She should thank him! Now, when she talks law and order, let's start with Her!.. Exibit A,B,C,D, and so on. Prosecute her! She is a slippery fish, and before you know it she is off the hook. She talks about all she has done (What a target rich environment). Great! Lets just do that, starting.. with the Results! From the Middle East to Iran, on to trade and so on. Here is what you have done! Exhibit A,B,C,D,E,F,G,...Right down the line. Cyber security, oh, she is big on that! Le's talk about that! In fact, I cannot wait! Starting with her personnel, systems and devises! Oh my God! Yer kidding right? Law and order? I would love too!. Specifically which laws? All of them? Some of them? How about A? How about B? And C, and D, and E,?? (Your answer sounds like a mixture of Whoppers and Half Whoppers to me...) In fact you may just be the home of the Whopper. Race relations? You tell a bunch of whoppers about me, but the facts are "you all" been in Charge! Not me. How is that working out for everyone? There is so much fertile ground. Prosecute her.

  • Marilyn Moshos

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    Mike: I appreciated your 'take' on last nights debate. I admit I was disappointed in Trump staying in the defensive mode rather than in the controlling 'attack' mode. I did think he kept good control and didn't resort to any name calling etc. Hillary was prepared...after all, she learned to debate when she was a lawyer and then became a politician. Trump doesn't have those years of practice debating. People do want to hear facts. And being a Trump fan, I want him to go after Hillary with facts. Quit defending himself unless he can weave some facts about himself into attacking her lies. Did not think the moderator was fair. But won't go into that.

  • Mary Harrison

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    I thought the debate was slanted towards Hillary Clinton. She wasn't asked the hard questions and was 'helped' by the host. It was not a debate that was interesting or informative. I don't care where Obama was born! He isn't running for office now, anyway. What about the real issues??? They weren't really addressed in my opinion. Really don't know anymore now then we knew before the debate. I hope the next debate asks the questions most of us want to hear. And that Donald Trump comes down hard on Hillary Clinton. Chelsea is a big girl now, a clone almost of Hillary. Can't hurt her. If the second debate isn't better than the first, I will turn it OFF.

  • Henry W Engel

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    Mike...
    You are spot on with your critique of the debate. We (meaning average Joes) are so tired of all the political correctness, campaign rhetoric, false promises, wasting money and lifetime politicians that really could care less about us. Finally......Donald Trump has arrived! A fresh face without all the baggage associated with campaign financing issues. Hillary is just another lifelong politian that carries a boatload of baggage...deleted emails, illegal server, countless destroyed devices, Benghazi lies, Clinton Foundation scandals including pay for play, aides taking the 5th to name only a few. This woman should be in jail like the rest of us Joes would be...not fair the chosen skate by. I'm all for a woman in the White House....just please.....NOT THIS ONE! Thanks Mike for listening.....,and all you do for us!

  • Candace Siderides

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    I was so very disappointed in Trump. He allowed Hillary and her snarky smirk get the best of him. He sounded juvenile with his comment about having ad stuff to use but he wasn't going to...then we find out the bad stuff was about Bills infidelities...and Trump didn't want to hurt Chelsea...well Chelsea already knew and obviously accepts them like her mother does...the price one pays to hang onto Bills coat tails. Trump needs someone to teach him how to breathe and talk...all those wet breaths are offputting. There is a pattern for breathing and talking just like singing and breathing. Mostly though Trump sounded very lame...a school kid fighting with the school bully and losing.

  • Martha P. Culbertson

    09/27/2016 12:53 PM

    Thank you for supporting Donald Trump. He is our only hope for a recovery of our once great Nation. One thought comes to mind that has not been given enough attention, is the very stupid idea that Obama and his administration plan to give away the American intervention the "internet." We need to definitely not allow this to happen.

  • Diane Horne

    09/27/2016 12:52 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree with everything you said. Please give Mr. Trump your suggestions.
    This may seem insignificant, but why doesn't Hillary wear the flag pin?
    Keep up your good work. Thank you.

  • Marcia J. Jones

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I would tell Trump to rest up, be prepared, be firm, smile, don't squint and rely on God. He needs a longer microphone so he doesn't have to stoop to answer. Overall, for a first one on one debate, I thought he did well. I do feel the American public wants answers on Benghazi, 33,000 e-mails, etc. Holt was nitpicking to make Trump look bad. How about some "meaty" questions on immigration?! That is a big issue for Americans. Trump needs to lay out the facts so the undecided voters will know the issues, via the Clinton Foundation, ISIS, immigration etc. God bless!

  • Judi Doster

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    In 2012, the first debate had Romney running circles around Obama. Obama learned from this as will Mr. Trump. The omissions of(to name a few) Benghazi, reckless email and her well deserved image of Secretary of Serial Lying, will be addressed Viewers were not tuned in to hear substance , but to watch...anticipating a train wreck. Instead, his head did not explode and she did not pass out and fall flat on her face...pity.

  • Jane G. Hall

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I agree with you overall. I believe that Trump wanted to answer the questions that were presented to him. The subject matter did not allow much room for a "pivot". Some practice in "pivoting" would be helpful, I think. He clearly did not prepare for a classical debate and did not stuff his head with a lot of canned responses. I DO NOT CARE. Not one little bit. Her responses were textbook and prepared. I heard NOTHING of her "heart". Trump really cares for the people dying in the inner cities. He kept talking about "we the People". THAT came through loud and clear. Overall, I believe he won the debate. Blessings, Mike!

  • Jeanne Phillips

    09/27/2016 12:46 PM

    I saw a picture of Hillary somewhat bent over after the debate. She definitely had something attached to her body under clothing. Did anyone else notice this? Mainstream is not talking.

  • Sherry Bower

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I was offended by Hillary's comments to Trump about who has contributed to his wealth, and foreign banks and he must be hiding something - I mean that is a lot of nerve on her part considering thousands of emails, Clinton foundation contributions from countries, pay to play, etc.. it just showed me that she knows she is above the law - but it applies to everyone else.

  • Susan Peebles

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I believe Mr. Trump will be better prepared for the next debate. All he has to do is keep bringing up the scandals and attempts to deceive the public. There are so many, Clinton Foundation's pay for play, email server by repeating FBI Director Comey's comments, Benghazi, no accomplishments as a Senator. Not to mention her views on immigration and border security. She's pro choice up to delivery date. And she's a liar and can't be trusted.

  • Diane Cherechinsky

    09/27/2016 12:41 PM

    I watched the debate from start to finish and after. My thoughts were that HC had no fire in her belly.She was too rehearsed and talked in a monotone voice.I thought she was on drugs,she showed no emotion what so ever. Yes Donald was worked up but isn't that what our country needs? Mr. Huckabee I go back to president Truman,I also voted for John Kennedy.He was different than the other nominees. Now Trump is my Kennedy.He's different than the same ol,same ol. Lester left out too many important issues'I hope the next debate Trump is ALL fire and brimstone!

  • Laurel DeLong

    09/27/2016 12:40 PM

    Well I am for Trump...but that whole debate was not even worth watching. Now you could tell she was reading something from her podium and a guy comes up just as they are leaving the stage and grabs some paperwork from her podium??? Whats that about. Hillary took over and Donald just pretty much didn't even bring up all the issues about Hillary we wanted to hear! She seemed to get the best of him even with her scripted robotic answers. What happen to emails (dishonesty), Clinton foundation (per Donald's taxes), immigration of terrorists (Country safety), etc. etc. I was not impressed in the least. This is where he needs to get all the negative points out about Hillary when millions are watching. Where was our Donald...he was subdued, drinking water all the time (which I thought Hillary would do), "sniffing"??? and a humdrum face with no smiles, or anything????.

  • deborah shingleton

    09/27/2016 12:36 PM

    I felt Trump was not hard enough on Clinton.. Granted he didn't want to hit her hard bc of Chelsea but REALLY she is grown and she knows all this stuff anyway! Being a woman has nothing to do with it..She is playing hard ball, don't let her sex be used against you Trump...This is a serious election. If she gets flustered and out of sorts that is a good thing....better to have it come out now than in the whitehouse...Even the moderators are helping her....The people are with you Trump and most important God is with Trump!! the fact that the Terrorist's of Orlando's father was at her rally should have been brought out since she supports the LGBT so much. The fact she lied about her emails and Benghazi. the fact she said she didn't remember her being told about classified material and how to handle it is a problem for future events. what else does she not remember? The more upset she gets the more likely her health issues will show!!

  • Mary J. cherry

    09/27/2016 12:35 PM

    I have been behind Trump all the way. I voted for him in the Alabama primary and I have donated to his campaign, not once but four times. However, I think he missed a lot of opportunities to hammer home Hillary's shortcomings. Americans want change. They wanted it eight years ago and that is why they voted for Barack Obama and not Hillary. We got change, but not the right kind of change. Obama has weakened our defense, opened our borders to people who can not be properly vetted, allowed sanctuary cities, ruined our health care system and divided our country by race, gender and religion. He threatens our whole way of life and Hillary has promised the same. Americans are again seeking change and I hope they get it.

  • Colleen Eggert

    09/27/2016 12:33 PM

    While Mr. Trump is clearly not a career politician he does drive home numbers to improve our economic and trade ills. However people like myself that appreciate his 'real talk' that isn't polished, we would also appreciate at least some names that he has in mind to tackle ISIS, Foreign trade, etc. There needs to be more detail into who, what, where, and why his plans will work. I thought he did rather well considering the biased media and moderator. He held his own with grace and passion. Both qualities that seem to be missing from presidents of the last 30 years at least.

  • Terri Hamby

    09/27/2016 12:28 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I like what you have say. I was disappointed in the so-called-debate, and was bored to tears. I did not want to hear Trump defend his business so much. I am a Trump supporter and will vote for him because I know the history of the Democrat Party and the history of the Clinton crime family. I believe Trump's mission is to try and save America. I know Hillary's mission is to destroy America's sovereignty.

  • Judy morris

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    Please encourage Trump to hire a debate coach, and to set aside time before the next debate to actually prepare. AND he needs to listen to the coach. He is his own worst enemy, he acts too arrogant and smug. He needs to look presidential and act it, not slouch and act immature. I realize he is the best choice, but he appeared immature with all the facial expressions and body language. It also did not serve him well to talk over her, unless she treated him the same way, and she did not. She patiently waited with a look of confidence and at times a smirk of joy, before responding. He makes good points about our problems, but he needs to convince us he has the patience, temperament and plan to actually carry out his plans. I think he would do well by just saying "you know, I am not a politician, I am a business man with a great business strategy. I know how to hire the right people to manage the areas where I am not experienced.

    He also needs to be sure to bring out the major points that are drawing people to vote for him. He will not be a politician like we have ever seen before and that is a good thing .....why? Then explain. The immigration issue in itself is a huge deal. What ICE directors and employees had to say in endorsing him is certainly worth of noting.

    He must settle down, be presidential. Mature, poised and confident, not cocky. We need to know he can control his temper and his tongue. However, he may have to go after her on her emails, Benghazi, and a host of other solid issues, and not be ashamed to do it.

  • Marion Millen

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    I agree with your comments on Hillary. She is boorish and for those who pay attention, we see a phony Donald called it right when he said, "You have had your whole life to do something and you haven't." And, ""yes, you have experience, but it is bad experience." He is correct and I am no fan of his, however, I loathe her and what she wants to do to this country all for her own personal gain and ego.

    Donald had plenty of opportunities to hit her (figuratively speaking) and show what a phony she is but I think his handlers had him so worried about staying calm and filtered that he couldn't think of all he needed to say to put her in her place. She said people didn't get paid by him, his response should have been loud and clear that at least people haven't been dying under him. He should have brought out how if she can't even go by proper security procedures and keep her own information secure and protect her people in Benghazi how could she protect this whole country…..these things are all true and relevant!!! Put it out there…and when she brought up his language about women…politely tell her to not go there, because there are plenty of women that could say a thing or two about her and her conduct…and her husbands conduct. There are plenty of polite ways to stop someone in their tracks without getting down and dirty! And she has given us all plenty to go after.

  • Jeff Shephard

    09/27/2016 12:25 PM

    Mr. Trump has to make changes now if we expect to win in November. He allowed Clinton to tell too many lies without a response. It was like watching a slow pitch softball game and the pitcher sending a slow roller over the plate, only to have the batter look the other way. She said she displayed "stamina" by testifying in front of Congress on Bengazi - no response. She called Trump a racist three times - with no real response. She said she protected Americans as Secretary of State - that was left alone. Yes, the moderator and crowd were obviously biased against Trump and Holt was TOTALLY out of line many times. It was a set up and Trump wasn't prepared. Drop the stories about what you own and stop smirking. We can't afford to have 8 more years of Obamanomics and Clinton will be the demise of the US if allowed to be in office. As a husband, father, veteran and small business owner, I am more concerned with where we are as a nation than ever before. Last night I found myself in disbelief that these two people debating were the best Amercia has to offer. Very disappointed!

My Thoughts On Last Night's Debate

September 27, 2016 |

This post is sponsored by Iris Plans.

By now, you’ve probably heard debate analysis until you’re tired of it (I heard from a number of people who got tired of the debate itself and tuned out halfway through), but I’ll throw in my two cents. I think I have a unique perspective most of the talking heads don’t have, since I’ve actually participated in Presidential debates, including debates with Donald Trump.

First of all, when you listen to all the armchair quarterbacking about who won or lost, remember that there are two scales for determining that, and the one the pundits use is almost entirely irrelevant. They like to judge the winner on points, as if it were a UIL high school debate. By that measure, I think we can all agree that Hillary did everything a good, practiced debater should do. She obviously studied for days, memorizing what stand-up comics call “hunks,” or carefully-crafted pieces of a monologue, each word painstakingly honed to accomplish the multiple goals of making herself look steady, experienced and well-informed and her opponent seem dangerous and unready. You could easily imagine her rehearsing into her bathroom mirror, practicing smiling while sticking in the shiv.

---------- 

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

----------

Trump, on the other hand, often seemed to be winging it. He’s great at that, and he landed some solid hits, but he also let a lot of softballs whiff by. He sometimes went into rhetorical cul-de-sacs, repeating the “we make bad deals” theme that can make him sound like a one-trick pony. And he let Hillary (and moderator Lester Holt, but more on that later) put him on the defensive too often. For instance, he could have brushed off some of the piddling attacks on non-issues like birtherism or what he once allegedly said about a beauty pageant contestant by reminding viewers of the serious issues America faces and how such petty nonsense pales in significance to Clinton’s demonstrated record of failure on national security and the economy. But he missed many such opportunities. Plus, Hillary made it all the way through the debate without fainting or having a seizure. I know that sounds facetious, but a lot of people were watching very closely for signs of ill health, and she managed to “power through” admirably. So on the “Tracy Flick” high school debate “win through doing homework” scale, I’d have to give the debate to Hillary.

However…

The only judges who really matter are the undecided voters in the viewing audience. And I doubt that many of them were watching to hear what Hillary said (although if she had passed out, that might have influenced their votes.) After more than 30 years in politics, Hillary Clinton is known only too well. Her carefully focus-grouped speeches about all her government experience and her 25-point plans don’t impress anyone who knows that it was bad experience and that her plans are nothing but more of the same foreign policy weakness that’s letting ISIS, Iran, Russia, China and North Korea eat our lunch and the same old big government control policies of tax/regulate/spend (sorry: “investments”) that have exploded the debt, crippled small business and put Obama on track to be the first President in history never to preside over a single year of GDP growth above 3 percent (One of Trump’s best moments came when he declared that America can’t afford four more years of her kind of experience.) And does anyone with a memory longer than a housecat’s truly believe that the 2008 meltdown was caused by tax cuts and not by Clinton/Carter policies that forced banks to give home loans to people who couldn’t pay them back? Hofstra University should’ve issued a “trigger warning” to conservatives that they might hear some revisionist history that would cause them to do double-takes that could induce whiplash.

No, undecided voters likely won’t be swayed by Hillary’s shiny new plans to deal with the disasters caused by her previous plans. Many of her claims were downright laughable, such as her smug assurance that she’s uniquely qualified to fight cyber threats from foreign governments, when we all know she thinks you “wipe” a server with a dust cloth and destroy data by hitting smartphones with a hammer, and all her own emails are all over WikiLeaks. I would also hope everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a “nuclear button” – the only person who ever traveled to Russia with a Staples-like prop push-button was Hillary. And her attempts to spark Internet memes with painful canned groaners like “trumped-up trickle down” – she said that twice, as if it would sound wittier the second time – landed with a clunk and just drew attention to her lack of spontaneity.

After 30 years of exposure to Hillary, anyone who has still not decided to support her is likely someone who really doesn’t want to but is scared of the alternative, after hearing the non-stop Democrat/media depiction of Trump as a crazy, fire-breathing, sexist, racist fascist or any other “ist” the liberals can think up. Trump proved to fence-sitters that he can show restraint when attacked, which was the whole point of goading him. For instance, when Hillary brought up some left-field accusations of sexist things he’d allegedly once said, he could have pointed out the bull elephant in the room – her husband Bill -- but he declined in deference to Chelsea being present. That may have frustrated conservatives who wanted to see blood drawn, but Trump was appealing to the undecideds who wanted to be reassured that he was a palatable alternative to Hillary. Not taking the bait helped him clear that low bar. By that far more important standard, Trump was the winner, because he was playing for votes, not an A+ from the media debate judges.

By the way, one of the best comments I saw online was from a poster on the Yahoo News comments section, who said that Trump reminded him of a doctor with no bedside manner. He tells you that you need to lose 100 pounds and stop smoking. You’re offended, you’re angry, you come up with 10 reasons why he’s crazy…and then you finally realize that he’s the only one telling you the truth.

Finally, a word on moderator Lester Holt. I’m hearing a lot of complaints about bias, and they’re not unjustified. Some of the bias was by omission; for instance, Holt devoted a ridiculous amount of time to the long-past-its-shelf-date birtherism story (news flash: Obama isn’t even running this year), yet never brought up the Clinton Foundation and its pay-to-play scandal, the immunity deals the FBI handed out like pizza discount coupons to Hillary insiders, her family’s enrichment through speeches to Wall Street banks and foreign nations with business before the government, her plan to greatly increase the flow of Syrian refugees and many other issues far more relevant to this election. And as Clinton kept giving shout-outs to her “fact-checkers” (the greatest misnomer of 2016) to save her, Holt answered her call, repeatedly arguing with Trump on her behalf (actual fact-check: Trump’s claim about the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk was correct). But there’s no point in a Republican whining about the moderator being a biased liberal. It goes with the territory. Besides, if Holt didn’t slant the questions and drill down harder on Trump, he might find himself exiled to the Siberia of TV news channels, MSNBC. Who can blame him for wanting to avoid that?

-------------

Message from Iris Plans:  

60% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. you need to prepare for possible medical bankruptcy especially if you are suffering from a serious illness.

LEARN MORE HERE.

--------------

Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!
Captcha

Comments 51-100 of 140

  • John Mishoe

    09/27/2016 03:44 PM

    I am a deplorable that supports trump .
    I agree with law and order which Trump supports . how do we get illegal guns off the street?
    I think Trump is right in saying that we need jobs etc .
    I think America needs to worry about America and rebuild our military and infrastructures .if the idiots oversease want to bomb each other so be it .we need to put us first in the united states of america and stop worrying about foreign countries and giving them money when we have homless vets in our country as well as other .why can we send food to foreign countries when we have hungry people that beed help here but have to jump thru red tape to get assistance .its time to worry about issues in our own back yard for a change.
    Thank you and God Bless

  • Rebecca Haydon Jolly

    09/27/2016 03:41 PM

    Thank you for taking our comments!
    First, this is only the first debate! Mrs. Clinton did well as expected. Mr. Trump did a respectful job. I hope that many of our friends and family members understand that the next one will be more specific on pointed questions. Mr. Trump can do better and he will!! This week democratic propaganda in my mailbox is every day??

    Everyone please vote!!!!????????????????

    What concerns me greatly is the lack of help or support from Paul Ryan!! He needs to support and help!! I am so angry at the old guard of republicans!! I am a white college educated female, that has always voted republican!!

  • Jeannie beverly

    09/27/2016 03:30 PM

    I must say that I was disappointed with trumps performance. I'm really hoping its part of a larger strategy. He had so many windows to attack her on legit issues...but he didn't use the opportunity. Also he said that he 'didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings' & noted Chelsea's presence when referring to an attack he could have launched, but decided against. Hurt feelings? This election is not about 'feelings' the truth needs to be said no matter how brutal it is. This sugar coating had got to stop. At first I thought trump running for office was a joke...I had only known him by name and seen him here and there on the news. (I've never seen the apprentice) , but I found myself quickly aligned with his views and his no holds barred personality. He showed a bit of weakness here and there and he needs to knock it off!
    With that being said...he has my full support and I truly admire him.

  • Kaprece Stallings

    09/27/2016 03:25 PM

    I thought Hillary came across condescending and arrogant whereas Trump was more affable towards his opponent. In fact, he would periodically agree with certain aspects of what Hillary said. However, I don't remember Hillary saying she agreed with anything that Trump said. In addition, I found it most interesting that Hillary did not wear an American flag pin on her lapel as most presidential nominees often do.

  • Mary Lou Barovich

    09/27/2016 03:16 PM

    Unfortunately, it appears she won the debate. She is hitting him hard again today. He missed many, many opportunities last night. He should have confronted Holt on asking him hard questions and not Hillary.
    Holt, by the way, owes Trump and American people an apology. He was biased and very unprofessional.
    I love Mr. Trump and what you are all trying to do by working together, to save our country. But he can not miss opportunities to bring out her shortcomings. I don't believe the other debates will have the same number of viewers as the first one. Saddens me the opportunities missed. However, we must move forward. I would insist on 1) two moderators one to keep the other one honest and 2) Hillary leave her ear piece home; 3) Trump prepare more. It seems to had memorized her responses and makes me wonder if you received the questions ahead of time. Who was she practicing with HOlt? Sure seemed so to me.

  • Mary L Nyquist

    09/27/2016 03:07 PM

    I thought Mr Trump gave a good showing in the debate. However I thought the debate was totally one sided. It was obvious that the moderator was not interested in asking Hillary any pertinent hard questions. I would like to have seen a Donald Trump who was not easily provoked. I would also like to see less facial expression and one word remarks. I think that he is going to have to let the personal attacks like the birther issue and his tax question slide off his back, with only a to the point one line response. I don't think most people care about his tax returns and Hillary and the moderator used it to short stop Mr Trump. I think things that affect him personally should not overshadow the main focus of his policies. He is an intelligent man and very experienced in handling money and definitely more capable of bringing this country back to sound financial status than Hillary ever thought about being. He has also surrounded himself with people who have experience in the areas where he needs them. He is smart enough to realize he needs them. It takes a person who is very smart and strong to do that. The experience Hillary has is the experience of Saul Alinsky and all the other wack o's she has aligned herself with all these years ever since she was in college. Those people were the anti-American group who disrupted our lives in the 1960s and forward.
    He should have taken the opportunity to bring out all the dishonest things that Clinton has done, there are enough of them to take up a good part of his time and the American people are interested in what she is and what shes done period. She's a woman who left our ambassador and our citizens to die in Benghazi, a woman whose computers and blackberries have been subpoenaed , after which she deliberately tries to hide the evidence by beating them with a hammer and using cleaning software and that alone shows she is not an honest woman who we would want to be in charge of anything important. Donald Trump is in a position and has the means to find out the facts and then he should also ask her about the deal she brokered that gave Russia a percentage (I think 20%) of our uranium rights in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation, along with all the other deals they made on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. Those alone are almost unbelievable except that we know the woman.
    Mr Trump, be respectful (I know it will be hard) but find out the actual facts on all these issues and bring them to the American public's attention and I don't think there's any chance of anyone deciding they want Hillary for their leader.
    Mr Trump needs to stay focused on the big picture and not let them lead him onto the "bunny paths" that Clinton obviously studied so hard to do, and its plain to see she had a lot of help from the moderator.

  • Fran kumpula

    09/27/2016 02:50 PM

    Hillary may be more articulate than Trump but a questionable 30 year political career hasn't proven her to make good decisions. On the contrary! What she is so polished in doing is smoothly glossing over her history for the benefit of the women who support her stance on abortion, and workplace benefits, minorities, illegals, refugees, blue collar workers who may not understand what she isn't saying, what rights she will be taking away from business owners, taxation. She says she will tax the wealthy Americans their fair share. That translates to the employer having more government regulation, profit sharing(!!!), higher taxes, higher wages, higher insurance premiums which means the rest of us wil be paying more for everything they provide! That's what you call trickle down taxes! She says she's going to help the middle class. Really! Higher wages, etc. but much higher cost of living. It may even mean the loss of their job. How much can you bleed the small business? What about the higher cost of living for seniors on fixed incomes? With the influx of increasingly more and more refugees and amnesty for the millions of illegals, guess who will be paying more out of pocket for health care with premiums and out of pocket deductibles going up and up and up? What about our police force who are already under fire for trying to protect Americans but are on the line for every move dealing with criminals and repeat offenders on the street? Hillary can't be trusted with our national security, economy, plus her Supreme Court selection. Too much is at stake!

  • Karen Cross

    09/27/2016 02:44 PM

    As a donator and supporter of the Trump campaign I am angered by last night and Mr. Trumps lack of practice/commitment of the debate. I didn't like waking up to the medias glee this morning over being handed a free ticket to criticize this campaign yet again. I am a die hard backer of Trump, but lately I have been getting discouraged with the handlers and the bad media coverage. Lester Holt is a biased pig and anyone with half a brain in their head knew this is the way it would go down. This is why my anger at the Trump campaign. They knew this is what was going to happen.... Trump had an amazing chance to really take Hillary down last night and make Holt look like the Bias jerk he is. But that is not what happened instead this morning Trump is making calls complaining about the bias! Really...

  • Beverly Singleton

    09/27/2016 02:38 PM

    Gov Huckabee, you are always right on! Could you please let Mr Trump know we love him and support him, and he is a breath of fresh reality, however, no matter what crooked Hillary says or does, he needs to totally keep his composure. Don't let her walk all over him, but zing her back with calm, terse command. I wanted to shake Lester Holt. Can't believe Matt Lauer was more fair than Lester. But then I guess after Matt, Lester had his marching orders. Lester was the last mainstream media anchor I cared to watch. When are you coming back to TV?

  • Kathy Frost

    09/27/2016 02:30 PM

    Hillary's answers seemed a little too rehearsed, as if she had seen the questions ahead of time. Lester questioned and interrupted Trump several different times, but not so for Hillary. If the moderator had been unbiased, he might have asked questions of Hillary about Benghazi, emails, Clinton Foundation, etc. However, his questions all seemed to be directed towards Trump about tax returns, birtherism, stop and frisk, etc. It did appear that Trump was debating both Hillary and Lester Holt, and yet Trump still came up with some pretty good answers, especially in regards to trade with other countries.

  • Kathy Barnes

    09/27/2016 02:15 PM

    Unfortunately, I think Clinton won the debate. The debate started out well with some very good arguments but started going downhill when he got defensive about the birther subject, and derogatory remarks he made about woman that Hillary brought up. He had already made a statement about the birther subject earlier this month. I think he should have just said "I already told you my final thoughts on that subject and I'm not discussing it anymore." I have never heard of him purposely being disrespectful to women unless they attack him first. Hillary loves to bait Trump to get his reaction and too many times he plays into her hands. He also rambles on too long when answering a question and gets off the subject. I'm hoping he reviews this debate and corrects his mistakes at the next debate. He's not a politician, he's a businessman so I like to cut him a little slack. None of this has changed my mind, I'm still voting Trump because there is no way we can survive four to eight more years of Obama policies.

  • Tom Spencer

    09/27/2016 02:12 PM

    The ONLY things DJ Trump should talk about: Jobs! Immigration! Economy! Law and Order! National Security! Her Lies! Clinton Corruption! Forget the other garbage. Go after her. Call her Hillary, NOT Secretary Clinton !!!!!!!! Shorter answers, more focused! Be inspiring ! Praise hard-working Americans !

  • Louisa Dussault

    09/27/2016 01:55 PM

    Well Mr. Huckabee, I have been watching this Presidential race very closely. I come crime a middle class haspanic family where my parents worked very hard to provide us with the best upbringing of being proud of the little things that only matter, roof over our head, food at our table, understanding hard work and appreciating it, respecting one another and being thankful to be an American. You see, my father worked hard to put us in a private Catholic school, which I deeply owe my deepest respect as it taught me the true values of life. I didn't even know English although my parents and I were all born in the United States, it's just because Spanish was mostly spoken. As my parents put us in school we were only taught English as I remember, never forgetting my Spanish. My parents felt proud as their children learned the American language and the Benifits we got from that was being bilingual, but it was important for us to know the English language because we were Americans. As an of my older generation of illegal family members who have come into the United States, they came the legal way, the right way. These past eight years have taken a turn on my family that have worked so hard to live comfortably, my father who owned his construction company for a lifetime is gone, he lives in the highest unemployment city and now struggles for everything! It breaks my heart that I've seen so much corruption in the lies this Obama government insist that everything is better and then to see Hillary in the debate last night continue to lie about it! She'll say anything to be elected! I'm tired of the direction the Democratic Party has taken in the last eight years and what it had truthfully done to my family, I think everyday of how hard my parents struggled for us and the teaching us the true meaning of the American life and for that I have truly educated my parents that the don't just vote Democratic because the Hispanic, you vote because your an American! I love knowing my father now takes the election seriously hand and with me and to see him understanding the facts and lies we will be voting to "Making America Great Again!" God Bless America!

  • Michele McIntyre

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    The debate was more painful than a root canal but I powered through. I am a never-Hillary and needed Trump to focus and look Presidential--those were my bare minimum expectations. Even with my anti-Hillary bias, I found Trump to be a petulant schoolboy, arguing with Hillary and Lester, interrupting in a way that highlights his self importance and his lack of control. He couldn't seem to take a subject and clearly and consisely make a point. Slurping his water and sniffing. Who the heck is prepping him? What happened to EYE CONTACT with the camera. This is a Presidential election. He missed so many opportunities. I think it was Matt Walsh who said Trump shined for the first 30 minutes and too bad the debate was 1.5 hours. I watched with my two high school students and we were all embarrassed for him, for ourselves, for our Country, pretty much five minutes in. He couldn't just look and sound Presidential? This is the best we have? Like a lot of voters, I am seriously disgusted that we are in this position. Good grief, may God help us all!

  • Sophia Lee

    09/27/2016 01:52 PM

    If Trump only cuts taxes for every American, he's is hired!

  • Tammy Paseur

    09/27/2016 01:49 PM

    I was not surprised at all about the racial issue being brought up by Lester because that is the lead that Clinton and Obama have planned to use all along, using the sympathy of the minority for votes. But, I wish that Trump would allow himself to be straight forward on his points instead of meandering from one issue & veer off to something else. Her smug, ( I got this) look was just what she had been rehearsing for a long time, but the average voter just thinks she is cool and collected. Trump has to use his "trump" cards every time she dishes out her version of mud on him, he needs to be ready, calm and accurate with facts about her criminal history and remind Americans of how "they" have betrayed us, all the way back to whitewater. Benghazi , her emails, watch videos of when she was running against Obama and reflect on what they said about each other and compare it to the turn around support he has for her now! It is all just a power struggle for them, to keep getting money from every source they can derive it from. They do NOT care about the working people or society as a whole, only (the Clintons & Obamas) greed and power! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK, sick of the politics and corruption, and one more point..the Kennedy's backing her and Obama from back in 2008 before Ted died, Patrick Kennedy is on the investigation of her emails, who is dumb enough to think he is going to implement her in anything illegal, they own each other! TRUMP 2016!!!

  • Judy Wooten

    09/27/2016 01:43 PM

    Last night's debate was a bitter disappointment. Trump does excellent on spontaneously talking when HE is controlling the conversation and topics. The debate presents a different format and I honestly do not feel that he was well prepared. He is used to being a one-man show - both in his businesses and the campaign trail. People who are used to "running the show" or being the best - have a difficult time listening to their coaches....and I think that was very apparent last evening. He missed quite a few opportunities to bring the conversation back to substance - instead of getting caught up in the traps she successfully laid out for him. I am glad that he refrained from bringing Bill's exploits onto the stage. He would have been strangled with "he's not running for president - 'what difference does it make'?" Instead, Trump should have looked for an opportunity to drop that one liner!
    I won't be surprised if we come to find out that Hillary wore an excessive amount of perfume intentionally....just to make him "sniffle".........

  • Ellen Mayo

    09/27/2016 01:34 PM

    If Trump wants to win a debate with HRC, he needs to learn HOW TO DEBATE. Standing at the podium and spouting words that ramble all over the place is not going to do it. If he truly wants to best HRC, he better call Ted Cruz and ask for his help. A few lessons from Ted on how to debate would go a long ways in making Trump's performance better. He also needs to stop revealing his emotions when HRC is speaking. All the facial expressions just look ridiculous.

  • Dinne Towe

    09/27/2016 01:30 PM

    He needs to let all this past of what he said or did run over him like water over a ducks back and bear down on HC for all her lies and deceit that she has perpetrated for years on the American people and not let up on her. Keep pressing all the Bengazzi, FBI, and so many other issues without ceasing. He needs to have concrete plans to share or at least how he intends to come up with a plan by surrounding himself with the very best America has to offer in a specific field and stick to the current issues at hand. Mike you've got a good summary of the debate now to get him on point.

  • Jerri Hendricks White

    09/27/2016 01:28 PM

    I think Mr. Trump maintained his composure very well, considering the baiting by Hillary and the moderator. The goal of the liberals was to trip him up and keep the debate rather superficial. In spite of their efforts, Mr. Trump stood his ground respectfully and was able to make some good points. I believe it would have been fine for him to diplomatically point out Hillary's failures more than he did, but I believe he was handicapped, so to speak, with the extreme liberal bias that prevailed. Vicious slams and robotic rhetoric like that demonstrated by Hillary are not presidential and therefore, Mr. Trump won in my mind. TRUMP PENCE 2016

  • Judy Hemery

    09/27/2016 01:25 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    The real winners are the American people who are aware of the facts and truths. Informed Americans are not deceived by Mrs. Clinton. Thanks for the hard work and great effort you put into bringing truth to the public.

  • Susan Vincent

    09/27/2016 01:23 PM

    I agree with a lot of Mike's analysis. However, as a voter who is very anti-Hillary, my heart is still sad that Trump has not learned how to communicate his ideas (the few he has anyway) effectively.

  • Lynn M

    09/27/2016 01:21 PM

    Hillary offered well spoken, polished, and rehearsed paragraphs to the point of actually sounding and looking like a robot. I am not voting for a good, polished speaker for president. I am voting for someone who has fresh ideas and can get us out of the mess we are in. She was (as usual) protected from hard questions, which is a slap in the face to all Americans. Holt fact checking Trump was embarrassing because he just wouldn't let it go. Why? This is peanuts compared to what Hillary has done with her Foundation, the lies she told about her email server, and the lies and cover-up over her failure with Benghazi. A good journalist would spend some time on these topics because these are things that digs into the character of who a person really is (not the questions on whether or not Obama was born in America). I felt Trump did fine at the debate. He had a good number of strong come-backs and he didn't give Hillary the satisfaction of blundering during her well rehearsed trigger statements she hurled at him. I'm sure the DNC felt deflated after the debate. Good.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:16 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Cheryl Fields

    09/27/2016 01:15 PM

    Hillary came across as too rehearsed, trying to make sure she said the right thing. At times her eye-rolling smugness was about too much to bear. I'm probably the least violent person you will ever meet and I wanted to reach through the TV and smack her. I was disappointed Trump let some opportunities pass to remind the public of the email scandal, the Clinton Foundation and Benghazi. I hope in the next 2 debates he can speak on these events, but I hope he continues to speak in an unruffled manner, showing those undecided that it's time to get rid of the "politician" and have a business man run the business of America properly. Thank you for your candid analysis.

  • Kathy Powell

    09/27/2016 01:13 PM

    I agree with you sir, however one thing you didnt address (or I missed it) was Hillary's demeanor as Donald Trump expressed the concerns and criticisms of the American people. She was smug and holding back laughter for most of the debate. At one point she actually wiggled or shimmied or something ridiculous. Donald Trump was the voice of the people in last nights debate and she laughed it off. I would say he does have the best temperament!

  • Betty Holmes

    09/27/2016 01:08 PM

    I never knew how much I truly disliked Hillary Clinton until I saw the debate last night. I could hardly tolerate her smug, plastered smile, and her constant smirking. Well, why not? Look what she has just proven to the world....that she is "above the law" . She is Hillary Clinton. And when she seemingly addressed the foreign nations with "we will keep our word to you," I so wanted Mr. Trump to interrupt her with "they have all seen your email scandal, your Benghazi scandal, and how you lied even under oath at the House of Representatives inquiry. Of course, if you become president, you'll keep your word!"

  • Steven Sullivan

    09/27/2016 01:03 PM

    I agree with your assessment. I was disappointed by the number of missed opportunities Mr. Trump was given. Such as he could have quickly taken control of the issue of the alleged "stiffed" former employees by simply pointing out that Clinton allowed her former employees to perish in Benghazi. However I believe he's a quick study and will be more on the offense next time around.

  • Jim Carlson

    09/27/2016 12:57 PM

    Mike,
    I am a Trumpster. And The Donald needs to fight fire with fire and definitively prosecute Hillary, the Harvard trained lawyer, in these debates. As in item (exibit) A,B,C,D,, and so on. And nail the "Artful Dodger" down. Now, when she is lying let's refer to that as "Another Whopper", ( A artful way to point out her lying) and then there is the Half whopper, (mixing in just enough truth in order to sell the bulk of the proposition, which is fiction. (If you think about it, there is no end to the adjectives to assign to her Whoopers, Real, Big, Little, Monumental, Unbelievable, and so on). Reagan had a way with the "There you go again... Case in point, Hillary started the Birther deal in her previous campaign, Trump simply finished it. For her! She should thank him! Now, when she talks law and order, let's start with Her!.. Exibit A,B,C,D, and so on. Prosecute her! She is a slippery fish, and before you know it she is off the hook. She talks about all she has done (What a target rich environment). Great! Lets just do that, starting.. with the Results! From the Middle East to Iran, on to trade and so on. Here is what you have done! Exhibit A,B,C,D,E,F,G,...Right down the line. Cyber security, oh, she is big on that! Le's talk about that! In fact, I cannot wait! Starting with her personnel, systems and devises! Oh my God! Yer kidding right? Law and order? I would love too!. Specifically which laws? All of them? Some of them? How about A? How about B? And C, and D, and E,?? (Your answer sounds like a mixture of Whoppers and Half Whoppers to me...) In fact you may just be the home of the Whopper. Race relations? You tell a bunch of whoppers about me, but the facts are "you all" been in Charge! Not me. How is that working out for everyone? There is so much fertile ground. Prosecute her.

  • Marilyn Moshos

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    Mike: I appreciated your 'take' on last nights debate. I admit I was disappointed in Trump staying in the defensive mode rather than in the controlling 'attack' mode. I did think he kept good control and didn't resort to any name calling etc. Hillary was prepared...after all, she learned to debate when she was a lawyer and then became a politician. Trump doesn't have those years of practice debating. People do want to hear facts. And being a Trump fan, I want him to go after Hillary with facts. Quit defending himself unless he can weave some facts about himself into attacking her lies. Did not think the moderator was fair. But won't go into that.

  • Mary Harrison

    09/27/2016 12:56 PM

    I thought the debate was slanted towards Hillary Clinton. She wasn't asked the hard questions and was 'helped' by the host. It was not a debate that was interesting or informative. I don't care where Obama was born! He isn't running for office now, anyway. What about the real issues??? They weren't really addressed in my opinion. Really don't know anymore now then we knew before the debate. I hope the next debate asks the questions most of us want to hear. And that Donald Trump comes down hard on Hillary Clinton. Chelsea is a big girl now, a clone almost of Hillary. Can't hurt her. If the second debate isn't better than the first, I will turn it OFF.

  • Henry W Engel

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    Mike...
    You are spot on with your critique of the debate. We (meaning average Joes) are so tired of all the political correctness, campaign rhetoric, false promises, wasting money and lifetime politicians that really could care less about us. Finally......Donald Trump has arrived! A fresh face without all the baggage associated with campaign financing issues. Hillary is just another lifelong politian that carries a boatload of baggage...deleted emails, illegal server, countless destroyed devices, Benghazi lies, Clinton Foundation scandals including pay for play, aides taking the 5th to name only a few. This woman should be in jail like the rest of us Joes would be...not fair the chosen skate by. I'm all for a woman in the White House....just please.....NOT THIS ONE! Thanks Mike for listening.....,and all you do for us!

  • Candace Siderides

    09/27/2016 12:55 PM

    I was so very disappointed in Trump. He allowed Hillary and her snarky smirk get the best of him. He sounded juvenile with his comment about having ad stuff to use but he wasn't going to...then we find out the bad stuff was about Bills infidelities...and Trump didn't want to hurt Chelsea...well Chelsea already knew and obviously accepts them like her mother does...the price one pays to hang onto Bills coat tails. Trump needs someone to teach him how to breathe and talk...all those wet breaths are offputting. There is a pattern for breathing and talking just like singing and breathing. Mostly though Trump sounded very lame...a school kid fighting with the school bully and losing.

  • Martha P. Culbertson

    09/27/2016 12:53 PM

    Thank you for supporting Donald Trump. He is our only hope for a recovery of our once great Nation. One thought comes to mind that has not been given enough attention, is the very stupid idea that Obama and his administration plan to give away the American intervention the "internet." We need to definitely not allow this to happen.

  • Diane Horne

    09/27/2016 12:52 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree with everything you said. Please give Mr. Trump your suggestions.
    This may seem insignificant, but why doesn't Hillary wear the flag pin?
    Keep up your good work. Thank you.

  • Marcia J. Jones

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I would tell Trump to rest up, be prepared, be firm, smile, don't squint and rely on God. He needs a longer microphone so he doesn't have to stoop to answer. Overall, for a first one on one debate, I thought he did well. I do feel the American public wants answers on Benghazi, 33,000 e-mails, etc. Holt was nitpicking to make Trump look bad. How about some "meaty" questions on immigration?! That is a big issue for Americans. Trump needs to lay out the facts so the undecided voters will know the issues, via the Clinton Foundation, ISIS, immigration etc. God bless!

  • Judi Doster

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    In 2012, the first debate had Romney running circles around Obama. Obama learned from this as will Mr. Trump. The omissions of(to name a few) Benghazi, reckless email and her well deserved image of Secretary of Serial Lying, will be addressed Viewers were not tuned in to hear substance , but to watch...anticipating a train wreck. Instead, his head did not explode and she did not pass out and fall flat on her face...pity.

  • Jane G. Hall

    09/27/2016 12:49 PM

    I agree with you overall. I believe that Trump wanted to answer the questions that were presented to him. The subject matter did not allow much room for a "pivot". Some practice in "pivoting" would be helpful, I think. He clearly did not prepare for a classical debate and did not stuff his head with a lot of canned responses. I DO NOT CARE. Not one little bit. Her responses were textbook and prepared. I heard NOTHING of her "heart". Trump really cares for the people dying in the inner cities. He kept talking about "we the People". THAT came through loud and clear. Overall, I believe he won the debate. Blessings, Mike!

  • Jeanne Phillips

    09/27/2016 12:46 PM

    I saw a picture of Hillary somewhat bent over after the debate. She definitely had something attached to her body under clothing. Did anyone else notice this? Mainstream is not talking.

  • Sherry Bower

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I was offended by Hillary's comments to Trump about who has contributed to his wealth, and foreign banks and he must be hiding something - I mean that is a lot of nerve on her part considering thousands of emails, Clinton foundation contributions from countries, pay to play, etc.. it just showed me that she knows she is above the law - but it applies to everyone else.

  • Susan Peebles

    09/27/2016 12:42 PM

    I believe Mr. Trump will be better prepared for the next debate. All he has to do is keep bringing up the scandals and attempts to deceive the public. There are so many, Clinton Foundation's pay for play, email server by repeating FBI Director Comey's comments, Benghazi, no accomplishments as a Senator. Not to mention her views on immigration and border security. She's pro choice up to delivery date. And she's a liar and can't be trusted.

  • Diane Cherechinsky

    09/27/2016 12:41 PM

    I watched the debate from start to finish and after. My thoughts were that HC had no fire in her belly.She was too rehearsed and talked in a monotone voice.I thought she was on drugs,she showed no emotion what so ever. Yes Donald was worked up but isn't that what our country needs? Mr. Huckabee I go back to president Truman,I also voted for John Kennedy.He was different than the other nominees. Now Trump is my Kennedy.He's different than the same ol,same ol. Lester left out too many important issues'I hope the next debate Trump is ALL fire and brimstone!

  • Laurel DeLong

    09/27/2016 12:40 PM

    Well I am for Trump...but that whole debate was not even worth watching. Now you could tell she was reading something from her podium and a guy comes up just as they are leaving the stage and grabs some paperwork from her podium??? Whats that about. Hillary took over and Donald just pretty much didn't even bring up all the issues about Hillary we wanted to hear! She seemed to get the best of him even with her scripted robotic answers. What happen to emails (dishonesty), Clinton foundation (per Donald's taxes), immigration of terrorists (Country safety), etc. etc. I was not impressed in the least. This is where he needs to get all the negative points out about Hillary when millions are watching. Where was our Donald...he was subdued, drinking water all the time (which I thought Hillary would do), "sniffing"??? and a humdrum face with no smiles, or anything????.

  • deborah shingleton

    09/27/2016 12:36 PM

    I felt Trump was not hard enough on Clinton.. Granted he didn't want to hit her hard bc of Chelsea but REALLY she is grown and she knows all this stuff anyway! Being a woman has nothing to do with it..She is playing hard ball, don't let her sex be used against you Trump...This is a serious election. If she gets flustered and out of sorts that is a good thing....better to have it come out now than in the whitehouse...Even the moderators are helping her....The people are with you Trump and most important God is with Trump!! the fact that the Terrorist's of Orlando's father was at her rally should have been brought out since she supports the LGBT so much. The fact she lied about her emails and Benghazi. the fact she said she didn't remember her being told about classified material and how to handle it is a problem for future events. what else does she not remember? The more upset she gets the more likely her health issues will show!!

  • Mary J. cherry

    09/27/2016 12:35 PM

    I have been behind Trump all the way. I voted for him in the Alabama primary and I have donated to his campaign, not once but four times. However, I think he missed a lot of opportunities to hammer home Hillary's shortcomings. Americans want change. They wanted it eight years ago and that is why they voted for Barack Obama and not Hillary. We got change, but not the right kind of change. Obama has weakened our defense, opened our borders to people who can not be properly vetted, allowed sanctuary cities, ruined our health care system and divided our country by race, gender and religion. He threatens our whole way of life and Hillary has promised the same. Americans are again seeking change and I hope they get it.

  • Colleen Eggert

    09/27/2016 12:33 PM

    While Mr. Trump is clearly not a career politician he does drive home numbers to improve our economic and trade ills. However people like myself that appreciate his 'real talk' that isn't polished, we would also appreciate at least some names that he has in mind to tackle ISIS, Foreign trade, etc. There needs to be more detail into who, what, where, and why his plans will work. I thought he did rather well considering the biased media and moderator. He held his own with grace and passion. Both qualities that seem to be missing from presidents of the last 30 years at least.

  • Terri Hamby

    09/27/2016 12:28 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I like what you have say. I was disappointed in the so-called-debate, and was bored to tears. I did not want to hear Trump defend his business so much. I am a Trump supporter and will vote for him because I know the history of the Democrat Party and the history of the Clinton crime family. I believe Trump's mission is to try and save America. I know Hillary's mission is to destroy America's sovereignty.

  • Judy morris

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    Please encourage Trump to hire a debate coach, and to set aside time before the next debate to actually prepare. AND he needs to listen to the coach. He is his own worst enemy, he acts too arrogant and smug. He needs to look presidential and act it, not slouch and act immature. I realize he is the best choice, but he appeared immature with all the facial expressions and body language. It also did not serve him well to talk over her, unless she treated him the same way, and she did not. She patiently waited with a look of confidence and at times a smirk of joy, before responding. He makes good points about our problems, but he needs to convince us he has the patience, temperament and plan to actually carry out his plans. I think he would do well by just saying "you know, I am not a politician, I am a business man with a great business strategy. I know how to hire the right people to manage the areas where I am not experienced.

    He also needs to be sure to bring out the major points that are drawing people to vote for him. He will not be a politician like we have ever seen before and that is a good thing .....why? Then explain. The immigration issue in itself is a huge deal. What ICE directors and employees had to say in endorsing him is certainly worth of noting.

    He must settle down, be presidential. Mature, poised and confident, not cocky. We need to know he can control his temper and his tongue. However, he may have to go after her on her emails, Benghazi, and a host of other solid issues, and not be ashamed to do it.

  • Marion Millen

    09/27/2016 12:26 PM

    I agree with your comments on Hillary. She is boorish and for those who pay attention, we see a phony Donald called it right when he said, "You have had your whole life to do something and you haven't." And, ""yes, you have experience, but it is bad experience." He is correct and I am no fan of his, however, I loathe her and what she wants to do to this country all for her own personal gain and ego.

    Donald had plenty of opportunities to hit her (figuratively speaking) and show what a phony she is but I think his handlers had him so worried about staying calm and filtered that he couldn't think of all he needed to say to put her in her place. She said people didn't get paid by him, his response should have been loud and clear that at least people haven't been dying under him. He should have brought out how if she can't even go by proper security procedures and keep her own information secure and protect her people in Benghazi how could she protect this whole country…..these things are all true and relevant!!! Put it out there…and when she brought up his language about women…politely tell her to not go there, because there are plenty of women that could say a thing or two about her and her conduct…and her husbands conduct. There are plenty of polite ways to stop someone in their tracks without getting down and dirty! And she has given us all plenty to go after.

  • Jeff Shephard

    09/27/2016 12:25 PM

    Mr. Trump has to make changes now if we expect to win in November. He allowed Clinton to tell too many lies without a response. It was like watching a slow pitch softball game and the pitcher sending a slow roller over the plate, only to have the batter look the other way. She said she displayed "stamina" by testifying in front of Congress on Bengazi - no response. She called Trump a racist three times - with no real response. She said she protected Americans as Secretary of State - that was left alone. Yes, the moderator and crowd were obviously biased against Trump and Holt was TOTALLY out of line many times. It was a set up and Trump wasn't prepared. Drop the stories about what you own and stop smirking. We can't afford to have 8 more years of Obamanomics and Clinton will be the demise of the US if allowed to be in office. As a husband, father, veteran and small business owner, I am more concerned with where we are as a nation than ever before. Last night I found myself in disbelief that these two people debating were the best Amercia has to offer. Very disappointed!