Monday, September 26, 2016

First Presidential Debate 9/26/2016

Watch the debate  live on C-SPAN. They're doing a split screen so you  can watch both candidates the whole time.

HRC goes first. She says we need jobs. Wants to raise minimum wage and, finally, equal pay for women. Wealthy will pay their fair share.

DJT sounds a little subdued compared to what we're used to. He talks about Ford leaving the U.S. and losing manufacturing/jobs to other countries.

He points out Clinton has been working in government 30 years and still hasn't done anything about improving jobs here.

He describes the disadvantage we have in trade with Mexico since they have a VAT and everything we sell there is automatically taxed. We don't have that tax so they don't have to pay it here.

She accuses him of saying climate change is a hoax, he denies it.

Holt allows HRC to continue to talk even though he said they were taking a break.

Trump says he'll release his taxes as soon as she releases her emails. Someone in the audience cheered. Holt reminds them that they promised to stay silent.

Hillary needs to shut up about her father. I hope none of the debate drinking games have people doing a shot every time she says "my father". They'd be halfway to done in by now.

DJT - under budget, ahead of schedule.

The next section is on race.

HRC wants police to stop killing people unnecessarily like they're doing it for the lulz now.
We have to restore trust between communities and police. We have to make sure police are using the best techniques and training, and are well-prepared to use force only when necessary.
Holt intervenes to "correct" Trump. Trump responds that Holt is mischaracterizing the "stop and frisk" decision.

She talks about systemic racism and how young black men are more likely to be arrested and jailed for the same thing a white man could do. I hope he points out how she called them super-predators.

She wants people on the no-fly list to be prohibited from buying a gun. (Is she against due process?)

He called her on the super-predator thing. Good job.

He's not much for due process before taking gun rights either.

I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate... and yes, I did.
He did?

DJT talks about Sidney Blumenthal being one of the ones that started the thing with asking about Obama's birth certificate. I doubt many listeners know who Blumenthal is.

HRC says cyberwarfare will be one of the biggest challenges. She's deeply concerned about attacks by Russia.

She's the last person I would want to take cybersecurity advice from.

She says "Donald" invited Russians to hack Americans.

He points out that we really don't know who the hackers were but agrees that we need to be concerned about computer security.

The tops of their heads are even but compare their shoulder height. Would they have zoomed in more on a man to make him look equally tall they way they've done for Clinton?

Where are the questions about her private server?

They are giving Trump a good chance to counter her claims that he supported the war in Iraq.

Trump throughout calls her "Secretary Clinton", she keeps calling him "Donald".

DJT has attacked her political decisions. She's attacked him personally. Now they're arguing about who has better temperament.

She accused him of not caring if Japan, South Korea or Saudi Arabia get nuclear weapons. Why didn't he bring up the hundreds of millions the Clinton Foundation got from Saudi Arabia? It seems like it would have been a good chance for him to work it in.

He says Hillary has experience, but it's bad experience.

Final question, or it would be but Hillary keeps talking and Holt doesn't stop her.

HRC talks about a female beauty pageant contestant that has become an American citizen and is going to vote this November. It seems glaring that she doesn't say, "is going to vote for me".

Will you support the outcome of the election, regardless of who wins.

Both say yes along with a lot of other blather.

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