The First Presidential Debate 2016- Who Won, Who Lost?


The first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton turned out to be better than our expectations.

Anyone who watched the debate last night could point the major differences between the two presidential nominees. Hillary was criticized as the ultimate political insider and Trump blasted by detractors as rash. Some stayed to watch the debate for the first thirty minutes which were spent n Trump’s least will have remained tuned to it for the first thirty minutes only – Donald Trump’s least dreadful patch while some were present throughout.

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During the debate we learned a lot about the candidates. Trump’s grouchiness, indecorous behavior is something we’ve all been identified with for quite some time now. Hillary on the other hand is a diplomat and knows what to speak and when to speak. She doesn’t involve herself with insults and exploitation. Instead she very calmly and cautiously lets the other person indict themselves with their own words.

The New York Times described the debate as “relentlessly antagonistic”,  while the USA today said the candidates “went after each other early and often”.

The big question. Who triumphed as the winner of the first presidential debate? Many voters have declared the Hillary Clinton as the winner. How so? Read it here.

A brief apology and then moving on works

To absolutely no surprise, the issue of Clinton’s use of a private email server was talked about to which the Former Secretary of State replied how it was a “mistake” and “if I had to do it over again I would obviously do it differently.” Before Trump could exploit the issue and keep it alive, it had already been closed by Clinton.

during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.
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Opposition research is still important

Everyone who’s familiar with Hillary’s career knows she was well prepared for the debate. Much of her was done by the national media for her but she knew the exposes about Trump weren’t being paid any attention to. Whether it was his bankruptcies, taking out money from his charity foundation for his personal use, disregard for women time and again. Her questions regarding Trump’s taxes were definitely one o the best blows of the night which raised the real questions. Trump however failed on hitting her on some more sensitive topics such as Bengahzi which further benefited Hillary.

Trump failed to put up a decent argument

Trump has been able to reach at this point in his campaign by repeatedly mentioning his stance on immigration and his interpretation of naming professional politicians including Hillary as puppets of corporate interests. But what he failed to mention on the night of the debate in front of an enormous audience, was the wall he wants to build around America neither did he bring up Clinton’s ties to monied interests.

The things he did say

When the question about his refusal to show up his taxes was raised, Trump wasn’t surprised as he knew this question will come up during the debate. His reply? “when she”—Clinton—“releases her thirty-three thousand e-mails that have been deleted”. Trump probably thought how he gave a clever reply but it only gave Clinton an opportunity to respond with relish, which she did.

“So you’ve got to ask yourself: Why won’t he release his tax returns?” she said, seizing the moment. “Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is . . . maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.”

during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.
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Trump didn’t realize the subtle attack and went on saying, interrupting Hillary as he had been doing previously, “That makes me smart,”

Trump tangled himself in defensive and muddled responses. Attacking Hillary whenever he could, not bringing the real issues. There wasn’t an appropriate argument built against Hillary and no real issues were questioned by him either. Interrupting her more than 50 times during the 90 minute debate. It was evident Trump wasn’t as well prepared for the debate as was Hillary.

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Other than that, #SheWon was trending last night on twitter.

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The First Presidential Debate 2016- Who Won, Who Lost?