# 1st Presidential Debate (2016) thread

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Tonight (as of the time of this post) is the first televised presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News

The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.​

Try to keep comments at least somehow related to this particular debate.

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YUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

treating this like the Super Bowl!!!!!!!!

Who thinks Trump goes insane/childish vs. scholarly/intellectual tonight?

Evo
I hope we hear a couple of these

RodP, collinsmark and Evo
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I like to keep a pile of balled up socks handy for these occasions so that I always have a projectile within reach to hurl at the TV screen whenever a candidate says something outlandish.

Isaac0427 and Evo
Who else thinks this debate is a joke?

Hilarys comeback was official. Book sales to dumb people...up, up and away lol

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Evo
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Who else thinks this debate is a joke?

Hilarys comeback was official. Book sales to dumb people...up, up and away lol
Trump is in it, how could it not be a joke?

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I ran out of socks already.

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OMG, now he's calling the moderator a liar when the moderator has the stuff right in front of him

DELUSIONAL

Isaac0427
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Me too! What did you all think?

Evo
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I think Trump showed his true colors.

It's just so scary that there are so many clueless Americans that do not get how dangerous this is.

They seem to think it's some kind of joke to just shake things up and do not have the mental capacity to see how serious this really is.

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OMG, now he's calling the moderator a liar when the moderator has the stuff right in front of him

DELUSIONAL
He also claimed he has a better temperament than Clinton.

I swear, every time he said something I agreed with, he followed it with something crazy, such as "we should have taken all of the oil," which violates international law. Oops.

Me too! What did you all think?
Felt like entertainment and that isn't a good thing.

Liked what he said to Hillary, "excuse me", when he was talking and Hillary tried to get a word in. Then multiple moments where Hillary is talking and he starts talking over the top of her. Go Trump....

What else? Oh, not shutting up when time is up. And at the end Trump was rattling on about something, the moderator was saying he needed to move to the final question, gave Trump 10 secs to finish, but he went way above that. I was literally 'just mute his microphone!'

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I think Hillary won the debate (I know it's subjective). I'm not a supporter of her but she did a good job keeping cool and responded well to most accusations. Donald had some pretty funny comments though. Not sure if we should weigh that much on rhetoric during debates though, since what happens once the candidate is not running is way different from the debate and campaign rhetoric.

Evo
Ha Ha Ha.
Trump at around 24m.

"I'm a great believer in all forms of energy"

billy_joule
I feel really sorry for America. Yeah yeah, Hillary came of as the more rational person. But I think she did horrible. She made the debate around Trump. She hardly had a message of her own. She's uninspiring. The only message she has is "Oh look, Trump is much worse than me". And yeah, he is much worse than her. But if that is your main message (and face it, it was), then America has a real problem. I hope she can get enough people to go out and vote for her, since I would definitely not bother with the message she's been bringing.

It's clear who lost: America.

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olivermsun
I feel really sorry for America. Yeah yeah, Hillary came of as the more rational person. But I think she did horrible. She made the debate around Trump. She hardly had a message of her own. She's uninspiring. The only message she has is "Oh look, Trump is much worse than me". And yeah, he is much worse than her. But if that is your main message (and face it, it was), then America has a real problem. I hope she can get enough people to go out and vote for her, since I would definitely not bother with the message she's been bringing.
Would it be more inspirational if she argued that we need to tear down the whole edifice?

Would it be more inspirational if she argued that we need to tear down the whole edifice?
The only positive thing that she has is that she's not Trump. And she completely goes with that strategy. Anything would be more inspirational than that. Anything.

olivermsun
The only positive thing that she has is that she's not Trump. And she completely goes with that strategy. Anything would be more inspirational than that. Anything.
Is the president's job to "inspire" or to keep a steady hand on the helm?

Is the president's job to "inspire" or to keep a steady hand on the helm?
Both.

Yeah, maybe Hillary can occupy half of the White house, and Don gets the other half.
It's big enough.

Yeah, maybe Hillary can occupy half of the White house, and Don gets the other half.
It's big enough.
Or you guys can quit this silly notion of a two party system...

Ryan_m_b
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I feel really sorry for America. Yeah yeah, Hillary came of as the more rational person. But I think she did horrible. She made the debate around Trump. She hardly had a message of her own. She's uninspiring. The only message she has is "Oh look, Trump is much worse than me". And yeah, he is much worse than her. But if that is your main message (and face it, it was), then America has a real problem. I hope she can get enough people to go out and vote for her, since I would definitely not bother with the message she's been bringing.

It's clear who lost: America.
We have to deal with the hand we've been dealt, one seemingly crazy, one capable, but not well liked. So I will vote for the one not seemingly crazy