Keller @ Large: Debate Excited Clinton, Trump Bases, But Didn’t Expand Them

BOSTON (CBS) – Did you stay up late and watch the debate Monday night?

Watch: First Presidential Debate

If not, I urge you to take the time to view it, because we may never see another contrast in style and content as stark as the one Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presented.

For starters, if these two seemed to be talking past each other on major policy issues, it’s no wonder.

He believes in supply-side tax cuts to spur job growth and trade protectionism to keep jobs here. She supports tax hikes on the wealthy to pay for job-creating infrastructure and free trade to cut prices for consumers.

On crime, he talks about backing cops and getting tough, she talks about rights and building trust. She casts herself as the one who can work with the political establishment; he wants to fire it.

And when it comes to presentation and style, the contrast is even more stark.

Clinton was more consistently calm and even-tempered, and wants to impress you with her resume. At times, she was too calm, failing to exploit opportunities to stick it to him.

Trump was louder and more outraged, qualities that helped win him the nomination. He asks voters to take a leap of faith, that a vehicle for their anger and frustration might also become a great leader.

She embraces specifics and seems dismayed by his heated rhetoric; he shuns the details for the most part, and doesn’t hide his contempt for her.

Sometimes debates can change the course of a race. My guess is that this one solidified it, exciting each candidate’s base without necessarily expanding it.

But only time, and the vote itself, will tell.

Meanwhile, we have two more of these to go.

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One Comment

  1. Sy Clops says:

    Having really only seen DT via TV sound bites, I was really startled by how easily DT became rattled. When rattled, he mostly responded with non sequiturs or incredibly convoluted explanations.

    In a high school forensics competition he would have gotten about a D- (if the judges were lenient).

    Rosie O’donnell??

  2. drwatson says:

    Watched it, both candicates did better than I thought they would.

    Check the online polls and 90% have Trump winning the Presidential Debate. TIME, DRUDGE, CNBC, BREITBART, FORTUNE, THE HILL, ABC & others.

    CNN had HRC winning however the poll was shut down after 521 votes with only 26% republicans being polled. Skewed and sample size way too small, so this one is flawed.

    People want change and Trump brings that, Clinton has already had her chances. Voters don’t care about the birther issue and taxes. I doubt this debate or the next two sways the voters much. The candidates will likely split the undecideds.

    BTW – the CBS poll out of NY has been updated with Trump at 50K Clinton at 33K

  3. Raylan12 says:

    Sickly Hillary came across as extremely mean and nasty. I don’t even know what that vitriol filled attack near the end of the debate was all about. I was glad to see President Trump take the high road. This election is about security, jobs, and the economy, not how many nasty names Sickly Hilary can bellow out in 30 seconds.

    1. American says:

      Hillary seemed top be having a ball destroying the stammering, sniffing, yelling, whining, tired looking Trump!

      1. The Owl says:

        Hillary has a history of destroying people,,,

        See Webb Hubbell, Monica Lewinski, Vince Foster.

  4. kek says:

    The MSM quickly anointed HRC the winner while all polls show DT winning the debate. HRC has been in government for over 20 years and spent more time defending self inflicted scandals, corruption and lies. DT is the change candidate for the people. Already punched my ticket for Trump/Pence 2016.

  5. mikey says:

    “it is the worst economic and political environment that I’ve ever been remotely related to” ~
    Alan Greenspan

    In other words, it’s a rancid mess.

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