Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced each other in the first debate between the two official presidential candidates. The discussion was as heated as it was expected, both sides trying to take advantage of the weak points of the other.
There are three major categories of voters every election. You have the first two, those who support their candidate and watch these kinds of debates in order to have more compelling arguments on why their candidate is the more suitable for the presidency, and then there is the third.
The debates are not programmed for those who are born and raised Democrats or Republicans, they are meant for those who are not yet convinced who to endorse, those who will ultimately decide in which direction the scales will tip.
The third group is the most dangerous because it is a volatile mass of individuals. It is safe to say that in this particular election, the undecided group is made out of Cruz and Sanders supporters. The independents, the young crowd, and the immigrants who were not swept away by Trump’s adamant declarations of wanting to make things plain and legal.
That was the target audience for last night’s debate. And it’s a tough crowd to please. So who won the first debate?
It depends on how you look at the entire situation, what you want from a future president.
If you want a president who knows his or her facts, then it’s clear that Hillary Clinton won the first debate. She was ruthless when she pointed out that Trump’s facts are mostly wrong every time he tries to make a point and that he is a master at avoiding any details about his plans. By all accounts, if we look for an informed person capable of explaining something in great detail that Clinton is our woman.
However, if the third group is looking for somebody to resonate with the public, someone who “gets” what the voters want, then Donald Trump was the winner of the first debate. He took every chance he had to show Clinton that she is not exactly what America is looking for and, a tad uncharacteristically, he avoided using the scandals surrounding Madame Secretary as examples of why she is unfit to sit in the Oval Office.
So who won the first debate? Both and neither, because Trump may not be informed on political matters, but Clinton can’t seem to be able to sell herself to the young voters. She just hasn’t the charisma that her fellow Democrat, President Obama, has.
The battle is still tight, and maybe the candidates will put some distance between each other during the next two debates.
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