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1st Presidential debate: good and bad takeaways

Yard signs supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden are seen outside of an early voting site at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

Photo from the Daily Sabah.

Katherine Hood


President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden's 1st Presidential Debate turned into an hour-long argument between the candidates on September 29, 2020.

Both candidates responded to the same subject questions asked by the moderator Chris Wallace. Throughout the debate, both candidates were interrupted by the other candidate on multiple occasions while trying to answer Wallace's question.

Students who watched the debate have clear feelings of being disappointed or shocked at the level at immaturity throughout the debate.

"Childish, it was very childish," Isabel Sandone, a freshman at Cedar Crest College majoring in Criminal Justice, said. "We are looking at two people who are competing to be the leader of our country and they are standing there: mocking each other, interrupting each other, making fun of and poking at things in their personal life. The American people do not want to see that.”

These two candidates, by themselves, are very controversial people in the eyes of the public. In these difficult times, especially now during a worldwide pandemic, it is crucial to vote for a leader who will stand beside the citizens and put their health and safety first.

“I do not know how we got to the point in our country where we have to choose the lesser of two people," Sandone stated. "It is a scary thing to watch these men arguing with each other over issues that do not impact them but impact most of the United States.”

Presidential debates are a critical part of the election process. However, there are aspects of the format that need to be addressed so this most recent outcome does not happen again.

“The whole debate could have been better if the moderator was more powerful and assertive,” Jada Abdullah, a senior at Rutgers New Brunswick, majoring in Political Science with minors in History, said. “If the moderator had made Trump listen to his questions and asked him to stop interrupting him and Biden, even if they turned off his microphone, it would have been a better debate.”

Through witnessing a debate that talked very little about information and both candidates not letting the other answer questions, we as American citizens can learn and adapt for future presidential debates.

“Answering the questions with factual evidence to support the answer and respecting the other candidate, even if they do not agree on the same ideals,” Nia Abdullah, a sophomore at Rutgers New Brunswick, majoring in English with minors in Theater and Creative Writing, remarked. “It is common courtesy to just respect another group in any other debate. I am not so sure as to why it was difficult during this debate to follow that same rule.”

The final debate of the presidential campaign was on October 22, 2020. During the debate, to help each candidate answer the questions, the other microphone was muted during the two-minute response.

Students who watched the debate have clear feelings of being disappointed or shocked at the level of immaturity throughout the debate.rt that made me upset was when he said he was the least racist person in the room because his actions prove otherwise. It is disheartening to see someone repeatedly hurt black, indigenous, people of color, and not own up or actively try to protect them.”

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