ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves was packed for KMOX’s Debate Watch Party and those who watched Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go toe-to-toe were not shy about expressing themselves after the nearly two-hour long debate.
Supporters for both candidates reacted loudly several times to the jabs that the candidates took at each other. When asked who won the debate, the crowd was split about right down the middle.
Trump supporters say the Republican nominee “held his own” against Clinton and looked more presidential. One viewer comments “Oh, by far it was Trump…[Clinton] kept smiling, smiling all the time. That worries me!” Another viewers says “Washington D.C. is the problem” and Trump’s business background would be a welcomed change in the capital.
KMOX Republican political analyst John Hancock says despite “missed opportunities” to delve further into Clinton’s email scandal, Trump fared well. “I think Donald Trump started this debate very strongly, talking about his tax plan and repatriating money from overseas. He had a very detailed look at his economic program,” he says.
Clinton supporters say her poise against Trump’s outbursts helped her claim victory. “I thought Hillary crushed it and won the debate because by the end of the debate, probably the last 20 minutes, we can see Donald Trump had become totally unhinged,” one viewer says.
KMOX Democratic political analyst Michael Kelley agrees. “I think Hillary Clinton obviously won the debate mainly because Donald Trump lost this. He again proved tonight he really has no substance behind any of his policies.” He also cites Clinton’s respectful command of the issues as one of her strong points in the debate.
Others say they weren’t swayed by either candidate. One man says “This debate didn’t sway me. I will say the first 30 minutes, I was a little embarrassed by both of them.”
No matter who supported who, a big cheer went up near the end of the debate when it was announced that the October 9th debate would be held at Washington University in St. Louis.
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