September 27, 2016

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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.


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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.


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?


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  • Sharon Hickey

    09/28/2016 09:39 PM

    I, for one side with Rudy Giuliani, Donald should NOT do another debate. Why give the very smug Hillary a platform to spew her lies?Donald has thousands of people at his personal appearances. Hillary is lucky if she has a couple hundred. Why give her an opportunity to once again try to control the debate? Where would you find a legitimate moderator ? Let her do her thing and Donald do his. My favorite, yeah Donald moment, was when Donald asked why when she has all these wonderful ideas hadn't she implemented any of them in all of the years she has been in politics. I did read that the Pope was supporting Donald. I was disappointed in the fact that his reasons for support did not included Freedom of Religion. I was also disappointed that Donald did not bring that up in the debate either. Hillary has said "Christians will have to give up their beliefs to abide by the new laws. I would give up my guns long before I would give up my GOD.

  • Patricia Slaga

    09/28/2016 05:49 PM

    My mental description (have said it before) is Trump is like an enlisted man off to boot camp - not fully aware what it may entail but gives it all he's got! The experience qualifies him and he emerges a soldier prepared for duty!
    I gladly trust that soldier as a leader than the draft dodger.

  • Dennis Green

    09/28/2016 03:44 PM

    I think Mr Trump needs to play a better defense, turn the tide. Everything Hillary tried to corner him in he tried to defend. When asked about taxes he needed to turn table to her emails, when told about his business turn it to her foundation, when she mentions how she protects kids, turn to her stance on abortion and so on. She has done enough wrong he should have no problem. Go Trump

  • Donna Bruce

    09/28/2016 03:21 PM

    I think Trump did an excellent job at debate with what he had to work with! He showed himself to be strong and decisive and able to stand strong against Holt who lobbed lie after lie spinning it as truth. When Hillery attacked Trump, Trump
    showed great character after sensing Chelseys feelings and innocence over her Dads Sexcapades. Trump who has been called vulgar to women, stood back and kept his mouth quiet when he could have really slapped Hillary silly with the truth everyone knows!!! Trump remained strong against Holts attacks about birthergate, tax gate and Iraqgate. You could tell he was angry by the look on his face but he held back and argued the issues that are more important to us 'deplorables'.

  • Tina Sargent

    09/28/2016 02:28 PM

    One point Trump made during the debate that really resonated with me--and I hope it resonates with other voters' common sense as well--was that plans to defeat ISIS should not be published on a website for all to see. You should not reveal your strategy to the enemy! To do so would give your opponent the advantage. Secretary Clinton urged voters to check out her website and view her plan for defeating ISIS. I really hope voters see the seriousness of this matter. This is an issue of National Security. Common sense says not to make the plan of defeat accessible to the adversary.

  • Ellen Darrah

    09/28/2016 11:22 AM

    I responded to a pre-debate survey and encouraged Trump to take the high road, which I hope he continues to do...No need for "crooked Hillary" comments...But would recommend being ready with poignant one line responses...For example, in response to calling a woman a pig (not women), he should come back with, "You called millions of Americans deplorable"...Or, when she said she could prevent cyber attacks, he could have responded, "with a hammer and bleach"or "so you did intend to leave classified information vulnerable"...Less words to the point are usually more powerful in such cases...When it is time to answer a directed question, be fully loaded with pertinent, problem solving information...He does need to put the tax refund issue to bed...If indeed he did not pay taxes, say so...Obviously he did not break any laws or the IRS would most certainly expose him...Explain the legitimate way he was able to avoid taxes and also that it is precisely because of his knowledge of the loopholes, he will know how to close them...As for her looking so well and enduring the 90 minutes, I thought she looked a little too happy, as if she was medicated...I did just see a video of a man who Parkinson's Disease tremors were calmed by marijuana...Other drugs, like steroids can increase endurance...It is to Trump's credit that he continued to campaign up to the day of the debate, but perhaps a few days before the next debate he will treat himself to some extra rest and pampering...We love Trump for his honesty about who he is, but maybe for the debates an acting class or two from John Voight and Clint Eastwood so he can improve presidential posturing...I have no doubt that Hillary ha many acting advisors...Praying for Trump, praying he is guided by our Lord to say and do His will...

  • Lola Pearl Mathuews

    09/28/2016 11:15 AM

    There is a picture going around showing an ear peace in Hillary's ear during the debate. It would be good to know if it is a hearing aid or someone talking in her ear. If it is the later she should be exposed! IMHO!

  • Andy Andrew

    09/28/2016 10:12 AM

    Trump is the man! He does not need to win any debates, he only needs to show that Hillary like Obama are just professional politicians, they would say anything to get elected but they would do absolutely nothing for you. It would be business as usual for them. 8 years after, where is the change Obama promised, "Change you can beleive in"? Trump is real and did excellently well at the debate compard to a professional politician like Hillary who has been doing "it" for 30 years. Go Trumppy!

  • kevin scully

    09/28/2016 10:07 AM

    W hen Trump responded to Hillary about not paying little or no taxes, Trump said because the law allowed it, he should have added that corrupt politicians like Hillary ALLOW it to happen, because they are on the take

  • Marcia Myers

    09/28/2016 09:24 AM

    If voters want to become entangled in political correctness and can not get past Trump's propensity for truth (The woman did, after all, gain weight.), then perhaps it is time for his team to throw the spotlight on those HRC treated horribly! Interview White House staff when she was a resident or retired Secret Service or anyone she deemed "beneath" her. Her kindness stops when she realizes you are of no benefit to her.

  • Toni Ann Kinsella

    09/28/2016 09:18 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, thank you for what you are doing for Donald Trump, the American people, and the Republican/Conservative Party. I am a strong supporter of Donald Trump. I truly believe he has our back and will do everything he can to "make America great again." This is more than a slogan to him. I have been following Mr. Trump since the 80's and I always liked what he had to say and how he felt about America and the American people. I am sick of the way our country is going; I have never seen our country in such a state as it is right now. I am so sick of the Clinton "machine" and am so disappointed in our officials that let her get away with breaking the law. I worked at a nuclear power plant for 25 years and if I or any of my co-workers did what she did with confidential information, we would have been walked off Site, have our clearance taken away from us, and an investigation would have ensued. Why are there rules for the Clintons and then rules for the rest of us. Mr. Trump is not an experienced debater/politician. I would love to wipe that smug look off Hillary Clinton's face by the American people electing him President of the US. I hope Mr. Trump has learned from the first debate and the next debate he blows Hillary Clinton out of the water.

  • Kathy Binni

    09/28/2016 08:40 AM

    Please help introduce Mr. Trump and the country to the phrase "Criminal Profiling" in relation to Stop and Frisk. In reality, that's what happens for the vast and overwhelming majority of police officers. They're good people trying to perform a very difficult job while under a microscope! It's so distasteful to me when the entire conversation about the benefits of proactive policing is shut down by that one ugly word - racial. We are all so much more than the skin containing our hearts, minds, and values. Thank you!

  • Kathy Binni

    09/28/2016 08:38 AM

    Please help introduce Mr. Trump and the country to the phrase "Criminal Profiling" in relation to Stop and Frisk. In reality, that's what happens for the vast and overwhelming majority of police officers. They're good people trying to perform a very difficult job while under a microscope! It's so distasteful to me when the entire conversation about the benefits of proactive policing is shut down by that one ugly word - racial. We are all so much more than the skin containing our hearts, minds, and values. Thank you!

  • Donna Berry

    09/28/2016 02:52 AM

    During the debate, I thought of you Mr. Mike! Were you wishing you could debate her, asking her some of the questions you mentioned in your article and being able to throw many statements she made, back in her corner? You're right, Trump missed so many opportunities, why he did this is a question I'd love for him to answer. Lester Holt was not a moderator, he was a team player for Hillary and the Dems. Do you feel Trump needs to continue in these debates?

  • Diana Hickman

    09/28/2016 01:45 AM

    This debate was a fiasco all the way around. First, you couldn't get past the glaring lies that were told by BOTH sides...and if it wasn't lies, it was misleading and twisted facts. Second, you couldn't gain any kind of information from either party because they were interrupting each other and several times Trump interrupted Clinton and the moderator to get his point across. He was good up until his little rant about supporting the Iraqi war. Found the recording of him saying it so his claim of being "against it from the start" (his words, not mine) are false. He was for it until it affected his business. And then on top of that the interrupting and comments during her response times. I can't get past that part. The facts are this: 1. He couldn't make it through a debate without losing his temper. 2. IF he wins, we'll have a president who says what is on his mind, how he thinks it and doesn't consider the ramifications of his words or actions on the diplomatic relations with other countries. I went in expecting more from him and came away with less than glowing impression of either of them. I'm still undecided. BTW: Fact check yourself, Holt is a registered Republican and conservative. Just because you don't "agree" with him doesn't make him a liberal.

  • Dorothy Wells

    09/28/2016 01:39 AM

    I am for Trump! I don't think our country will be safe with Hillary as president. Aside from that she claims she all about helping children, but she is also for murdering the unborn children. To me that is a true conflict of what the Bible teaches. This is my opinion and it is my right to state it. I could go on and on but I am sure what all I could say has already been stated in other comment. Thank you Mike Huckabee.

  • Diana H.

    09/28/2016 01:34 AM

    This debate was a fiasco all the way around. First, you couldn't get past the glaring lies that were told by BOTH sides...and if it wasn't lies, it was misleading and twisted facts. Second, you couldn't gain any kind of information from either party because they were interrupting each other and several times Trump interrupted Clinton and the moderator to get his point across. He was good up until his little rant about supporting the Iraqi war. Found the recording of him saying it so his claim of being "against it from the start" (his words, not mine) are false. He was for it until it affected his business. And then on top of that the interrupting and comments during her response times. I can't get past that part. The facts are this: 1. He couldn't make it through a debate without losing his temper. 2. IF he wins, we'll have a president who says what is on his mind, how he thinks it and doesn't consider the ramifications of his words or actions on the diplomatic relations with other countries. I went in expecting more from him and came away with less than glowing impression of either of them. I'm still undecided. BTW: Fact check yourself, Holt is a registered Republican and conservative. Just because you don't "agree" with him doesn't make him a liberal.

  • Annette Leone

    09/28/2016 01:31 AM

    MY OPINION: First and foremost it was obvious that the commentator, Lester Holt, was biased with the questions he asked and allowed the debate to get out of control. Hillary is a seasoned politician and knows what to say and when to say it. She appeared to enjoy the interruptions by Mr. Trump, hoping the media and audience would cast him as a candidate unable to follow the rules of debate. Her smug smile appeared to say: "Keep it up Donald. Show the world you are too emotional to hold the highest office in the Nation." She was baiting him as only a seasoned politician can do and Lester Holt allowed it. Yet, Donald held it all together and stood tall and confident. His rebuttal was right on! I like to see a candidate listen, take notes, and speak with authority. Answers must be simple and direct. Donald Trump MUST win this election or we are in for more debt, illegals crossing our borders, and destruction of our great country.

  • Pat Israel

    09/27/2016 11:59 PM

    I am voting for Trump. I think he performed truthfully last night. If anyone had fact checked , he was truthful. I liked that he punched back a few times. But I wish he had not on the pageant stab or the "Rosie" stab. He should have smiled and stated how many women work for his company, how many are execs, and how he bases pay. That would have made a point. I hope he gets help to stay on point and ignore bait stabs. I don't care about his taxes( I believe he is ok on those & I believe he gives charitable donations) . She is a criminal, I care about that. Stick to that. Also I would like to know for sure she wasn't wearing ear piece and being fed answers. She appeared to be. Her word doesn't count, at the start check them both to be fair, then put her at the podium. He is not a politician, trained in smooth talking and debating. I hope he gets some help, & facts for next one, but I hope they don't polish him so well that he looks like her or that he appears less genuine. Stay Donald, don't snip at baiting, and hit her with truth & facts.

  • Doris whorton

    09/27/2016 11:41 PM

    I thought Donald Trump did a good job this guy Lester Holt was a Torah biased jerk he wanted to pound on Trump and never asked any questions about Hillary's past or anything about it I thought that was wrong but I do wish Trump would have come back with that her comments on her policy she's always held especially when she got to talking about Homeland Security he should have blasted her and said talk about security you had a private email server in your bathroom and you want to talk about security risk and I think they should have brought up the information on the server I wish he would have said what's your stand on abortion to I thought the debate was really boring because I think the narrator should have stuck to questions that we need to know about like our economy what's the best way to serve our country and stuff like that I hope and pray we get a different narrator the next time and I don't think it should be anybody that is for one or the other candidate it should be somebody that's not familiar with either one of them I think Hillary already knew every question they were going to ask to begin with I believe it was all set up just like the birther issue who cares Trump's taxes I support Trump 100% And I don't care if I ever see is Texas they probably use bleachbit on hers before they even release hurs to the public I hope on this next debate Trump goes down all the way and smacks her down I hope you don't hold back nothing in on this issue about him being racist to women in for him saying bad stuff about a girl from pageants Trump should have brought up about her defending a guy for raping a 12 year old girl who was hurt so bad she had to have internal stitching and was unable to Bear children that's The Comebacks he needs to bring up another thing all the stuff that she's bringing up about stuff in the past come up with a regular citizen he was not running to be president or mayor or anything she's done all that they need also tell that he's never been part of an investigation of the FBI either like she has thanks for taking my comment always Trump 2016

  • Stacia Dyess-Hammond

    09/27/2016 11:15 PM

    MR Trump needs to take a direction of being more inspiring, there is an inkling of optimism and spontaneous authenticity at times without the political jabs at Hilary and Obama that makes me think he is a bit of a dreamer, a creative type in addition to being a deal maker and business man. If he can practice more detailed strategy for his ideas on growing the economy, and emotionally connect by letting that dreamer part of himself be seen more directly with Americans, he will win the next two debates. He has to give details on his plan to grow the economy connecting large tax cuts to new business growth for the little guy and of course job creation. Broad strokes got our attention, now show the voters how it works. How are his tax cuts different from the fear d and hated "trickle down theory". Like an eccentric college professor inspiring his students to imagine what is possible if his theories are put into action and tested....he should explain his detailed strategy and how it will work for all
    Americans. Link it to the low income and struggling communities. Be more straight forward about the ways black people who are still struggling can begin to turn their communities around. What did the pastors suggest when he met with them? Off their suggestion in the debate to show that he actually listened and is prepared to support and implement the plans by the black communities for their own communities. Lastly, he has to do more homework on global threats and international relationships to talk about terrorism and nuclear threats more credibly.

    Use attention getters, connect emotionally then offer the intellectual satisfaction of facts and details...

  • Jodi Icopini

    09/27/2016 10:40 PM

    Hillary is VERY scripted. She had statistics, etc. memorized, but, throw her off her game and she's got nothing but day old excuses. She talks a good game, but her actions have proven otherwise time and time again. Trump did an OK job for his first debate, but needs some polishing. He knows what our country needs. He just needs to articulate it a bit better. I am very excited to see how he improves for the next debate. He must hit Hillary where it hurts and not let her off the hook so easily.

  • Cyndi Bryan

    09/27/2016 10:40 PM

    Trump needs to improve by not generalizing so much; he needs to be much more specific with numbers and statistics. He needs to do some homework. He needs not to take her bait to get personal, it's not professional. He needs to really listen and then take opportunities. For instance he could have buried her own her own email comment as it appears she admitted guilt to the whole world and her words were "I would do tbings differently" not I'm sorry and it won't happen again. So all she is really saying is I'd do it I would get caught. Lot of missed opportunity.

  • Connie MacNiven

    09/27/2016 10:05 PM

    Whether Trump played nice or not, Hillary was sticking with her prep. She stayed silent because when she did speak up, she went off her cue and would get a blank stare. There were several of her comments about Trump and Russia. During her SOS term she and Bill were in with Russia in the Uranium and sale of American land to the company's Russia purchased to mine Uranium. These 2 companies now the largest and owned by Russia and it effects our utilities divisions. July 2016 Clintons foundation company that is based in Canada went under IRS investigation and found donors to be Russia and Bill on the payroll of one Russian company purchased paid to do talks in Moscow. Example of the pay to play. Trump had many instances he could have hit her with facts not fiction of half truths or boasting his own ego. We know what he will do as President we the people need him to defeat her on his own terms and with business sense. How did this man build an empire without negotiation skills and research to know his opponent before making a deal....he should know everything about this woman and her dealing and he needs to take the gloves off and reveal them fact by fact. Sparing the Clinton family and Chelsea with the truth, she already knows the truth from many of years of her family being in the public eye and she is her mother's daughter .... Well, that little girl needs to put her big girl panties on if she wants to stand with mama on a stage and open her mouth to the press about anything regarding this election. No holds bar...Trump needs to be the tiger he started to be and not a whimp caring about feelings. Thought political correctness was not his strong suite.

  • robert wrucke

    09/27/2016 07:46 PM

    Quoting Hillary from a recent speech......"Deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed". Well, just my opinion of a translation of that quote. We need to change our belief in morality. Well, Joshua 24:15 " but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".

  • Judy Morris

    09/27/2016 07:36 PM

    Please encourage Mr. trump to hire a debate coach and seriously listen to their advice. He must come across more polished, presidential, and quit interrupting and rolling his eyes. He let Hillary get under his skin and could not recover. He needs to address the serious issues of both his plans in the key areas at have drawn all of us to him, but he also needs to take off the gloves and with honesty and true facts, go after her on her record I Benghazi, immigration, etc.

    It would not heart him to say to the American voters, "look, I am not a politician, but I am a good business man with the knowledge and skills to turn this country around. AND, I will not hesitate to bring in the best of the best, even across party lines, to lead in he areas where my experience is weak. I will listen to these leaders and we will work so hard for the American people.

  • Ellen Sugarbaker

    09/27/2016 07:35 PM

    I will be voting for Donald Trump! As for his performance in the debate, I felt he was on the defensive most of the time. We must remember...Hillary has done this before, and she was prepared with her robotic remarks. I kept waiting for Mr. Trump to confront her more on Benghazi, lies to the families of those killed, and emails. I feel the debates are his main chance to bring those undecided voters to his side! He will do this by talking about the issues at hand in a presidential manner, and lots of facts to back up his statements!!
    I was very impressed by his speech in Michigan and Ohio.......I only wish more Hillary supporters would have heard him speak. He was brilliant! This is exactly the way he needs to be seen by those voters who are still undecided!
    Mr. Trump........prepare, prepare for the next debate. We are rooting for you!

  • Brenda Gibbons

    09/27/2016 07:21 PM

    I would recommend having Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson at rallies and at the next debate. He was a military aide at the White House. He wrote the book " Dereliction of Duty" which includes the information that President Clinton was too busy schmoozing to take the call to give the order to take out Bin Laden when the military had him in sight and could take a kill shot. Clinton did not take Berger's call for over an hour then he could not make a decision! He also discusses Hillary's potty outh and blatant disregard for the military. His presence would be powerful!

  • Walter Egan

    09/27/2016 07:16 PM

    Neither candidate explained how they were going to change the system. How are you going to create jobs, how are you going to defeat ISIS. How are you going to make monkeys fly out your butt. Instead it was a your rotten , no your rotten. Give me a break and tell us how! Leave the BS out!

  • Judy Doub

    09/27/2016 07:16 PM

    I too was hoping that Trump would take Hillary down. However, we all knew that he was walking into the lion's den. With liberal Lester Holt as the moderator, the bias media, and Hillary he was the underdog before the debate started. With the understanding that if he attacked Hillary, he would be perceived as a sexist, against women, and lose the votes of many the undecided, Trump was a gentleman and by his own admission, didn't say things he wanted to. He was good at letting people know that words are useless without action. Hillary has had the opportunity to implement the changes she campaigns for and has done nothing. She talks like it is a disgrace to be rich, when she hadn't shared her wealth, while gaining much of her wealth questionably. I pray Trump win in 2016 because I honestly don't think I can listen or look at Hillary for four years.

  • Judy Williams

    09/27/2016 07:12 PM

    Trump and his ego let HIllary and Holt lead him into a defensive trap regarding his tax returns, the birther issue, race relations, and his past comments about women. I wanted him to show that he can stay focused on the thorny issues and real solutions to America's problems and his plans to make America great again. I was very disappointed in his performance and certainly hope that you and his other advisors will convince Mr. Trump to actually prepare for the next debates and show undecided voters that he can discuss issues in a serious way without getting sidetracked by his opponent.

  • Sherry Nowlin

    09/27/2016 07:02 PM

    I think it was refreshing to hear Mr. Trump respond to questions asked. I am so tired of politicians, like Clinton, who completely ignor the question and go on an unrelated tirade because they know the truth won't win them any votes. I am more interested in seeing Clinton's Wall Street speeches and deleted emails than his taxes. He is correct, he is smart for using tax laws that give him an advantage. Is she saying she doesn't? She was like a rehearsed smiling robot. I would rather be in the basket of deplorables than with my head in the sand ignoring the Clinton scandals. Her whole career is full of questionable events. I am also tired of the media telling us who won. They think if they say it enough they will make people believe it.

  • Lana Kay Strickland

    09/27/2016 06:39 PM

    Would someone, knowledgeable in debate, please teach Mr. Trump basic debate and its purpose, and how to use information, (he already has), to his advantage and to use each opportunity he gets to bring the debate back to his points of proof or plans? He doesn't understand debate basics and needs that instruction. Then, help him practice and see how he can use information to his benefit. It is a cat and mouse game, in a way, but a mind game also. If Ted Cruz could get off himself long enough, he could really help Mr. Trump, because he is a very good debater right down to the "minute" mannerisms seen in successful debaters. Trump is an intelligent and "on his game" person with the confidence to succeed. He just needs to be informed on debate techniques. H. Clinton is an excellent debater and will always look good in that arena, but Mr. Trump can beat her at the game if he is given the tools he needs and if approached in the right way. He is a successful man, with high pride, so he doesn't realize what he can do to help himself and US in the end!

  • Melanie norton

    09/27/2016 06:24 PM

    I'm going to ask everyone to please seriously think about what I'm saying. There is one major difference between these two candidates that should sum up this election for all of us. Donald J. Trump is running to be President of The United States of America. Hillary Clinton is running to be ruler of the world. Of all the issues facing our nation, out of any of the issues facing these candidates... None, is more important than preserving the sovereignty of our country. We are not global citizens, we are Americans! Our values, culture, and way of life have been passed down for generations. They will be gone.

  • Veronica Stephens

    09/27/2016 06:15 PM

    My family and I are all supporters of Trump. We are fully supporting his run for President and think he actually has a chance of winning this thing. While watching the debate, as painful as it was, I knew he was in between a rock and a hard place. If he came out swinging, he would have been accused of bullying and women hating. However, to allow Hillary and Lester railroad him into being on the defensive, was a mistake. He should have brought up Benghazi, her unlawful implementation of an in-house email server, unlawfully deleting 30,000 emails, the investigation into the Clinton Foundation, pay to play while being Secretary of State and especially receiving donations from countries that treat women so barbarically. He should have been in the driver's seat the entire time. I don't think he needed to answer the questions Hillary was throwing his way or false accusations, he should have gone on the offensive and brought up ALL the skeletons in her closet and be more specific about her bad record and experience. That being said, he was in a no win situation. Please tell Trump that he did great at keeping his composure and not losing his head. I was really nervous about that and overall he seemed to be very composed. Next time, Trump should keep the same composure and derail her false narratives. He has to be on the offensive, that's what it takes to win and that's who he is at his core.

  • Sherri Sontag

    09/27/2016 06:14 PM

    Well She is the politician and he is NOT. We are for Trump because he is NOT a politician. He is a Business Man. I think he will come back and do a much better job. Even Obama blew his first debate against Mitt. I think everyone was on him so bad to not be so mean to her. That he eased up a little too much. He did miss some opportunities to bring up many things. But he did make some very valid points as well.

  • Annie mcintyre

    09/27/2016 05:41 PM

    I am a Canadian with a unique interest and perspective. I support Trump. To the point though. I observed during the debate that Mr. Trump wasted a lot of time repeating and expanding on stuff that was not pertinent to the question at hand. At one point my husband and I shouted at the TV, "C'mon, Donald, get to the point!!" The public already know that he's a raging success, knows how to make deals, and has wonderful people following him. He missed opportunities to catch Hillary, but maybe he was just 'feeling his oats' and taking advice. He did well to press the moderator about his non support of the Iraq war. He could have nailed Clinton on her push for the war as she had more information at her disposal than he. One things for sure, makes for some passionate conversation!

  • Linda Allebach

    09/27/2016 05:39 PM

    Well, I agree with most of your commentary Mike, and was also BADLY wanting Donald to trump/trample Hillary on that cyber security issue. OMG. So I took a little break from watching after that byte and stopped my furious KNITTING (nerve-calming activity, not making a sweater or anything...) and analyzed why in the world he might have passed on that opportunity: Because it's yadda yadda yadda at this point and anyone who's paying attention to election developments already KNOWS about the emails and the sidestepping and the lying and the world class self-protective behaviors of Hillary & Company. This is so much why her polling numbers have been dropping. More people are getting it as to who she really is. So when I looked at it from that perspective, I decided yeah, okay, this was a smart move by Trump because it didn't even NEED saying. Not necessary to re-visit, no good to come from doing that other than play into Hillary's hope he would turn back into the school yard playground bully. Nope. Not this time. I am praying very hard for him and our wonderful country and thank God for you and others who are part of his sagacious multitude of counselors!

  • Lee Marek

    09/27/2016 05:18 PM

    I DON"T CARE who debates better or has a better personality. I CARE about what they stand for, and that they're a good,strong leader. That's TRUMP.

  • Lynn Zmistowski

    09/27/2016 05:17 PM

    Slick Hilly....she is what she is. Everyone, please do the research. Are you sure you want to double down on what has happened in the last 8 years? More lies, more regulations, more wind mills that don't even provide electricity for a AAA battery, more executive orders, and don't forget the judges. Hillary has said that "Christians must give up their long held beliefs", is that for starters? I have that quote on video and posted in on my page about 1 month ago.

    Listening to Hillary's high pitched voice realing off the memorized points on all topics she told Lester to ask made me say to Hillary via the t.v. "will you shut up?".

    I thought Donald Trump should have gone after the low fruit,...when he did go after her he did it well last night. He should have gone after each and every low fruit. I would not let them go after Donald Trump,...keep Trump going after the "follow-up" questions that the "paid off Lester" would not go near. Keep track of Lester's bank account, probably about a million will show up soon. That was so obvious that this debate was biased.

  • Velma W t

    09/27/2016 05:06 PM

    I felt as tho Lester was using question to antagonize Trump. I think the next debate Trump will not allow her to use her monologue of practiced facts, which are rumored to have been provided to her a week prior to the debate . Has anyone checked if they were wired with mics because Hillary had something like a square box attached to her back under her jacket.
    Trump needs to be able to steer the debate to her failures. Who cares about birther remarks or remarks made years ago. He needs to show how after 35 years, she has done nothing except stir up controversy. ..lies, schemes, JUDGEMENT ERROR, Benghazi are but a few. We must not allow her to steal this election....

  • Brenda Moore

    09/27/2016 05:04 PM

    " 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. "

    Probably one of the most ridiculous pictures we have of her - one of them anyway. I had to turn the debate off after 17 minutes- I just couldn't stand another second. The woman makes my ears bleed.

  • Sharon Dout

    09/27/2016 04:57 PM

    I was a little disappointed in Trump that when the woman issue was brought up that instead of defending himself he didn't come back that Saudia Arabia is selling sex slaves and they have donated millions to the Clinton foundation. He did get in a few hits but I think maybe he was just getting the feel of debating her and next debate he will be more prepared and go for the jugular. He needs to really hammer home the Benghazi tragedy and keep reminding people of her lies and the FBI cover-up. I felt for the most part he did a good job of keeping his cool, but he has to be aware that Clinton plays dirty and he has to be prepared.

  • Sara Zapata

    09/27/2016 04:49 PM

    What I'm not able to understand is why does the RNC allow this to occur? Haven't we learned our lesson from 2012? Fully knowing that the MSM is bought and paid for by DEM, conservatism is being silenced!

    I just read an article by AFA suggesting to get rid of moderators, the days of a "good" debate are a thing of the past, a good example was last night especially after Matt Lauer was excoriated by the MSM so they bring in Lester and look at what a shill he was, it was as though DT was debating 2 people, enough of this!

    I don't understand this love fest of this woman,after 30 years in the public eye all she's brought to the table is death and destruction and we're to make way and clear the path for this?

  • Georgann Chenault

    09/27/2016 04:42 PM

    If they try to go after Trump on showing his tax returns again he needs to be prepared with the perfect answer. All he has to do is ask does any American believe that the IRS would allow him to get away with anything to avoid paying taxes or break the law, particularly since the IRS has proven itself to work for liberals.

  • Rick West

    09/27/2016 04:29 PM

    If you are an undecided voter at this point, you're irrelevant. These debates are not about swaying the undecided or independents to your side. They're about getting out the vote. Trump did an excellent job of pointing to Hillary as not part of the solution, but as part of the problem. Her experience is her burden. We, the American people, don't want more of Hillary, we want less, much less, as in gone. By being Presidential and restrained, especially in regards to Hillary's personal racist and sexist attacks, Trump accomplished his twin goals of firing up his supporters and portraying Hillary as the quintessential establishment elitist. Good job!

  • Lyle Burris

    09/27/2016 04:09 PM

    Why don't any of the politicians bring up the point about them getting 100% pension?

  • Andrea Mills

    09/27/2016 04:07 PM

    Very well thought out commentary. When Hillary brought up Trump calling some women pigs I fully expected Trump to bring up Bill Clinton. I was angered when he didn't but I never considered that he held it back to show he can restrain himself.

  • margaret swisher

    09/27/2016 03:55 PM

    since the subject of Trump's comments on women seems to have a life of it's own , I think we can all thank Fox & Megan K for the fine job they did in starting this line of questioning(not) - my comment would be like so many others in that we have so MANY other problems in this country his comments years ago are pretty much a non-starter - if you're going down that path how about hrc being in the line of fire when she & Chelsea landed at the airport in wherever - how about the pics that circulated w/hrc throwing back a few beers & 'dancing' out of country on the taxpayers dime & on & on - they are just as relative as his comments if you're going to cherry-pick comments to highlight - yes Trump is not a seasoned debater & he missed some real chances to undercut hrc & holt - but he did comes off as more in control - hope he learned a lot from this experience & will be ready for the next ones - MINUS the Fox/Megan input

  • Suzanne Cochrane

    09/27/2016 03:50 PM

    I pray he has a list of her offenses & facts for next debate he takes to podium & drills her on. She has quite the list and comes off as So Superior which we know she is not. Please gather and pray over him that God will give him to perfect wisdom, that her tongue is tied & people really listen to how he wants to make America better-for all people. He had many missed opportunities & needs to respond firm & quote stats of how America IsNot Better off & we will have worse with H at the helm. Thank u & God bless you & God heal & help America...we need it ao badly. Thank you!