Locals react to Tuesday night’s presidential debate, some calling it ‘a circus’

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Tuesday’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has been called many things, but presidential isn’t one of them. Many people who watched say the debate still left them with unanswered questions.

“It was a bit of a circus,” said Jim Vanett, a Minot resident.

That’s how many are describing the first of three meetings between the two candidates. They fought, called each other names and argued through serious issues that many people wanted answers to.

Vanett added, “It was a lot of, I don’t even know the word for it. But it was a lot of back and forth with really no core to the debate.”

“I don’t think that either one of them got the message across that either one of them wanted to.
They lost control of it. They need to be adults. They need to act like the senior citizens that they are,” said Shawn Smothers.

A CBS News poll found 69% of viewers felt annoyed by the debate; 48% thought Biden won.

“Trump was rude because he kept interrupting. He was even disrespectful to Wallace, the moderator. He just kept interrupting. And Biden, I kind of liked it when he said, ‘Just shut up, man,'” said Coreen Hart.

While 41% say the president came out on top.

“I think Trump did a pretty decent job. Seeing he was debating two people,” added Eric Bretheim.

The handling of the coronavirus pandemic, race, violence in America and healthcare were all topics discussed during the debate. But it still left some in the dark.

Hart added, “I want to hear more about the healthcare plan. I want Trump to give a straight answer on what his plan is for healthcare. Because he’s promising all this stuff like he’s done in the past but none of it has materialized yet.”

All eyes are now turning to the vice presidential debate set for next week. Many people we spoke with on Wednesday say they hope it is a lot more civil than Tuesday’s debate.

The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 15.

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