Presidential debate open thread

I’ll be watching the presidential debate tonight, and responding live on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aravosis (you don’t need to be a Twitter member to read my tweets, just click on the link).

So feel free to join in the comments below, or join me on Twitter.

Enjoy. Finger’s crossed.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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  • Wasn’t it FRIST!

  • OMG !!

  • Thanks Barbara. Yeah, I’m starting to like Twitter a lot for micro-blogging. And the ads on the blog here don’t bring in much money anyway, so I don’t lose much by “blogging” on Twitter (where I don’t make dime). And it’s MUCH easier for something like a debate. Glad you liked it :)

  • If you missed the presidential debate, here are the juiciest highlights

    http://americablog.com/2016/09/missed-presidential-debate-higlights.html #debatenight #DEBATE2016 #debates

  • barbarajmay

    I loved following your twitter feed last night. I could have turned off the volume and gotten everything I needed to know from you.

  • 2patricius2

    I agree. He was just a mess. And Clinton showed herself to be sharp, prepared, composed, and he was no match for her. She has been on the world stage, negotiating with leaders and diplomats from dozens of countries for decades. She can hold her own with anyone. He was a coward, who tried to talk over her, who lied, and who ultimately blamed his microphone for his disastrous performance. Strangely he said that his temperament was his strongest asset, and he criticized Clinton’s stamina. The contrast between what he displayed on stage and what Clinton displayed could not have been starker. It was obvious for whom temperament and stamina are assets. And it wass obvious that that person with those assets is not Donald Trump.

  • Adam Shasha

    After last night where do we think this has headed?

    “As in the past, Jews will play significant roles in supporting specific candidates. Some have even suggested that the 2016 election for the American presidency may be the “most Jewish ever” noting the many family connections of candidates to the Jewish community.22

    Not only does one find Jews captivated and invested by the allure of this American political ritual but they also will continue to be significant players as the 2016 election unfolds.”

    http://jcpa.org/article/the-2016-election-jews-and-their-politics/

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  • Coming into tonight, I was deeply, deeply anxious.

    Would Clinton come in and perform badly in the debate? Would she be found ‘stiff’ or overprepared or just not genuine? Would she be tripped up? Could she handle being interrupted by a rude goon?

    Would Trump arrive on the stage and manage to clear the bar for himself which had been preset to subterranean levels? Would we see a calmer, more measured and, dare I say, slightly presidential Trump? Would he manage to say nothing controversial or substantive at all, but seem reasonable?

    I needn’t have feared on either account. Hell, people were saying beforehand that Clinton would absolutely need to demolish Trump to be declared winner — and she frickin’ did exactly that!
    Moreover, Trump proved just how breathtakingly unprepared he is for anything, least of all being President of the United States.

    I have watched many, many debates, going all the way back to the Nixon / McGovern ones, and have truly never seen one candidate FAIL as badly as Donald Trump just did. And yeah, that even includes cringeworthy moments when Reagan dominated both Carter and Mondale. Those hurt; tonight’s debate was anodyne.

    I swear my favorite moment was when the issue of presidential temperament came up and Trump bellowed that he had it. Proving, of course, the exact opposite.

    Seriously, short of dropping trou and shitting himself on live TV, I cannot imagine a worse Trump performance than tonight’s was.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    first

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