6.3 C
Monday, November 30, 2020

How first-time voters felt about final presidential debate

A trio of first-time presidential voters said the final debate before Election Day was largely underwhelming — and the candidates didn’t pull any of them across party lines.

“I feel like every other election I’ve watched throughout my life, with my parents and such, it was a lot more respectful,” Maggie Zawatski, 22, of Brooklyn, said of the 90-minute showdown between President Trump and Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville.

“It’s just drama, and it’s petty — it’s like how I fought with my friends in high school.”

“They were both just going back and forth — a lot of disagreement,”  said Zawatski, adding that the debate did not sway her from her intention to vote for Biden.

Maggie Zawatski
Maggie ZawatskiFacebook

“I’m actually going to say Biden won, though I didn’t think it was his best performance,” she said.

“I feel like on some issues he wasn’t good at getting his point across. People looking for that confident leader, that could have been a turn-off for them.”

For undecided registered Republican Brian Suga, 23, the debate left him leaning more solidly toward Trump.

“Biden seemed to dance around the questions more than Trump did,” he said. “It never really felt like Biden gave me something I could work with,” he said.

Trump, meanwhile, “Seemed to be able to really control himself. It shows that he can have self-control” when he chooses to, he said.

Brian Suga
Brian SugaDennis A. Clark

But Suga, too, noted that the two candidates hardly seem capable of agreeing on which color tie the other was wearing.

“They were both just going back and forth — with a lot of disagreement,” he said.

With Trump insisting the pandemic “is going away,” and Biden bemoaning the 200,000 more Americans he said are on the brink of death, it seemed as if the two candidates were living in opposite realities, Suga said.

The candidates also offered polarized views on climate change — with Trump touting the cleanliness of America’s air and water, and Biden urging a steady retreat from all fossil fuels.

When Hunter Biden’s emails came up — with Trump urging the vice president to come clean — Biden brushed the accusations off as if they were fictions not worth even discussing, said Suga.

“I want Biden to talk about these allegations,” he said. “I really would have liked to see at least an answer, a response, that was more than just ‘That’s not true.’”

Still, despite the divide between the candidates — and the rancor — this debate was far more civilized, noted all three first-timers.

“There was much less shouting this time,” than with the first presidential match-up, noted Suga, crediting the moderator, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and a new rule that gave each candidate two minutes to speak on each of the night’s six topics — with their opponent muted.

“This debate was night and day compared to the last debate — much calmer,” agreed Trump supporter Efraim Abrams, 19, of West Hempstead.

Efraim Abrams
Efraim AbramsDennis A. Clark

“I think the American public really won,” he said. “And I think Trump was really able to prove that he should be the next president of the United States,”  added Abrams, who said the debate did not change his mind — and that his first presidential vote will be for four more years.

“Biden lost some major states tonight in my opinion,” he said, noting the former veep’s assertion during the debate that as president, he will move the country away from fossil fuels.

“Like Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio. These are major states that are heavily dependent on oil. You can’t win in the electoral college is you keep telling people you’re going to get rid of the oil industry.”

Read More at NYPost

Latest news

Nikola Shares Soar On New GM MOU, But GM Steps Away From Equity Stake, Badger

Nikola signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with General Motors for a global supply agreement related to the integration of GM’s Hydrotec fuel-cell system...

New report ranks Illinois’ state-run roads among nation’s worst

A new report puts the cost and condition of Illinois’ state-run roads near...

Futures, Global Stocks Dip On Last Day Of Record Month For Markets

US equity futures and world shares paused on Monday, dropping modestly on the back of weakness in oil and energy stocks even as they...

Related news

Tequila bar applies to become church amid COVID-19 lockdown rules

A tequila bar owner is trying to get around the UK’s strict coronavirus restrictions by adding some holy to his spirits — and registering...

New Zealand charges 13 parties over White Island volcano deaths

New Zealand authorities filed criminal charges Monday against 10 organizations and three people in connection with the volcanic eruption on White Island, where 22...

Nuclear scientist was killed by remote-controlled gun: report

Top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was laid to rest Monday after his assassination by what a security official in the Islamic Republic claims...