I watched the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The most common phrases from the moderator, Chris Wallace, were as follows. I wrote them all down at the time.

Mr. President. Let me ask my question; Mr. President. Let him finish; Mr. President. Shush; Mr. President. Please keep quiet; Mr. President. Let him answer; Mr. President. Stop; Mr. President. No; Mr. President. Frankly, you have been interrupting; Mr. President. Excuse me; Mr. President. Don’t interrupt; Mr. President. Let him finish, sir.

Don Burgess


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The debate did not cost Trump the election - that was already lost, but it did increase Biden's lead. Now Trump is just lashing out and saying he will not debate Biden virtually. Who cares, certainly not Biden.


I felt bad for Wallace. That debate was reduced to childcare because of Trump’s infantile and impish behavior. He is stone cold crazy.



I think Wallace got a taste of the violation that all women feel when 45 grabs them by the **$$y. 45 is a serial space and rule violator. He just walked right up to Wallace and grabbed him by the microphone, he didn't even ask.






I would like to say to all the debaters, Answer the Questions, and Stop Talking when your time is up. Respect the process and the moderator. Geesh. The moderators need to be able to turn off the microphones because the debaters can't seem to follow the rules they agreed to.



Not saying that the Dems are perfect, but there is a fairly clear pattern here that the Republican strategy is to answer the question you want to answer rather than the one that was asked.


I was surprised to hear a TV commenter say that this shows Pence's skill in debating. I thought it was annoying. Harris did it too, not as much. I was on a forensic debate team in high school. Nobody told me this. Huh.



I think you have succinctly summed up the main problem with the modern Republican party.

"Please follow the rules you have agreed to"


Yah, last night Harris occasionally went over her allotted time and did not answer the question, but it was like Pence was on a mission to go at least 30 seconds over every time limit and avoid answering the questions. Based on Trump's performance last week and his 2016 debates, I think this was Trump's calculated strategy to try to make their opponents lose their composure, rather than have a meaningful discussion. And it goes back to Trump's income tax returns, draft evasion, excesses, and the way he has lived all his life: What does it say about following rules and behaving ethically?



We watched in real-time what it is often like for women in the workplace as men overtalk and consistently ignore their requests for fairness and equal treatment.


I solved it by turning off the TV. I can't stand listening to most any politician or any political pundit for more than about two minutes.

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