Student Talking Point: First Presidential Debate

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BRETT QUICKSILVER, JUNIOR

“Last night was actually pretty interesting. I really think that Hillary made her point by actually giving facts and plans – what she’s going to do. Donald Trump, when he was asked a question, would look at the proctor and laugh, then start talking about something completely unrelated or something he deemed related and worthy to the American populus. He just started dodging questions, he started to get off topic every time. Even when the proctor tried to reel him in, he would find a way to make sure he gave the broadest answers, if any at all. Frankly, I did enjoy watching Donald Trump make a fool of himself.”

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NICK BERGER, SOPHOMORE

“Donald Trump’s faces and the questions that were asked [were interesting]. There were a lot of wide questions asked; there was a variety from economics, to racial issues to guns. They just kinda threw everything out there. They didn’t get to everything, like they said they didn’t get to everything, but it felt like they did. I don’t know. I feel like Hillary Clinton is really good at the way she speaks, but she has a large amount of baggage. And then I feel like Donald Trump shows some good traits in business but what he says is going to get people angry. Maybe his people skills aren’t as good.”

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ALEX ROSSI, SENIOR

“My favorite part was Hillary Clinton making Donald Trump kinda mad. She made some statements that made him upset, with the one liners and stuff. I preferred maybe Hillary Clinton more. I’d say Hillary Clinton might be the winner, because it seemed like Donald Trump was interrupting the spokesperson who read the questions.”

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CHARLIE WOODRUFF, JUNIOR

“I thought it was amusing to watch, I’ll put it that way, but I disliked how it wasn’t actually a debate. It was moreso just the candidates insulting each other over their policies. Toward the very end, when they were talking about foreign [stuff], where Trump said ‘I never supported the war’, and then Hillary was like ‘yes you did’ and they just went back and forth with ‘no I didn’t,’ ‘yes you did’ for something like 10 minutes. Those types of things I found to be really irritating. I think the audience won the debate. They got to know more about their candidates in the long run. Trump was more persuasive by means of how he spoke because he was emotional, but Hillary was more persuasive by means of using facts. As the debate went on, I was fact-checking both candidates, and most of the time Hillary was accurate. To a lesser extent, I’d say, Trump was accurate. That was weird.”

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KRISTIN COLLINS, HISTORY TEACHER

“I think that both candidates were… Hillary Clinton was trying to get Donald Trump to say something he shouldn’t say. She was definitely kinda prodding him and goading him throughout the course of the debate, and Donald Trump took the bait on multiple occasions. She got called out on her email scandal, of course, and he got called out on being a womanizer and some of his failed business dealings. Neither of them really focusing on policy and the real problems and how to solve the real problems, that wasn’t dealt with a whole lot, especially in specifics, which was frustrating. It was more, I think, that people tuned in because they wanted to say who would say what, and there were some good zingers in there.”

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CARTER HENRY, SOPHOMORE

“I think, in all honesty, that Donald Trump lost and that it was hilarious. He started losing from the very beginning, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because he’s rushing, he’s interrupting Hillary Clinton, and that makes him look bad. I see he’s trying to defend his reputation, I understand, some people have reputations to uphold. The problem is, when you’re shoving your two cents down someone else’s throat, it looks bad. He may have even thought that he won, but he didn’t win. You see that he thought that he was unjustly served from his tweeting all over, saying ‘hey, these are biased questions, these are biased against me’, which is questionable. Overall, he lost.”

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JULIANE PAUTROT, SOPHOMORE

“I remember watching Hillary drag Trump for not paying any taxes and not releasing his tax forms, and I just remember him interrupting her and a lot of bickering and a lot of back-and-forth. Honestly, I personally am very liberal, so I like Hillary more than Trump. I was surprised Trump didn’t go super crazy last night, y’know? He was somewhat respectable, but it was still kinda showing of how he’s not a very good person.”

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SARAH LASHLY, FRESHMAN

“Well, I had to do it for homework for modern history. It was kinda interesting in a way to see that they’re similar in a way and agreed on certain topics and things, and that they were counteracting a lot and it was kinda interesting to see all of their opinions. Well, going into the debate, I kinda thought they’d always… well, I knew Trump would blurt out things that he thought were right or wrong, and he did that. So, that was kinda what happened. It was the main thing that went on. When Hillary was talking, he would just interrupt her. I think it’s always gonna be like that – it’s just his thing.”

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