This is still happening!

during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.


I’m taking the time to re-enter the blog-o-sphere to bring you coverage of the first official presidential debate. I’ll be honest, I took some time off from election coverage because I just couldn’t do it anymore. I’m a self-proclaimed political junkie, but the spring brought just a few too many surprises and sharp turns even for my liking. I also just couldn’t wait for the primaries to be over. When the candidates were officially nominated in July, it seemed to be things would finally calm down. I was obviously kidding myself. Between Trump insulting military families and Hillary catching pneumonia, the circus continues. And therefore, so do my blog posts as we enter the last 45 days of this election.

As for my excuse for not writing….well, I don’t have one. My new job has kept me busy at work, and my puppy has kept me more than occupied at home. In between, I’ve begun to plan my wedding to my fiance next year. So I’ve been busy – but I’ve definitely missed blogging! To start, I invite you all to check out for Pullitzer-Prize winning reporting. I now bring you a summary of talking points from tonight’s debate, moderated by Lester Holt at Hofstra University in New York:


  • Hillary proposed a few ideas regarding middle class economics – paid family leave, childcare, etc.
  • Trump railed on companies that are leaving the United States & have minimized manufacturing jobs. He blames Hillary and other politicians for “doing nothing” for 30 years.
  • Hillary claimed she does not believe trickle down economics works – that the middle class will help grow the economy. She also used Bill’s administration as an example for increased incomes and increased manufacturing in the 90s. Also gave examples from her previous positions as Secretary of State and Senator for policies she acted on.
  • Hillary stated that Trump believes climate change is a lie, to which Trump interrupted to say “I do not” multiple times.
  • Trump continued to yell over Hillary as she tries to explain herself. Trump claimed “she has no plan.” Note: Lester Holt had not effectively controlled banter. Things here started to spiral out of control.
  • Trump finished with “you’re telling ISIS your whole plan, that’s why you’ve been fighting them your whole adult life!”
  • “Hillary: I have a feeling that before the night is over I’ll be blamed for everything.” Trump responds without a second thought: “Why not?”
  • Trump is spending a great deal of the night painting Hillary as the establishment candidate in a government that is no longer working for the American people.
  • Trump claims he will not release his tax returns until his audit is completed, and also that he will release the tax returns when Hillary releases her deleted 33,000 emails.
  • Trump: “It’s about time we had someone running this country that knows something about money.”

  • Trump on infrastructure: “We don’t have any money, it’s been squandered. ” Hillary: “Well, maybe that’s because you haven’t paid your fair share of income taxes.”
  • Hillary spoke of meeting countless contractors and workers for Trump properties who have not been properly compensated for their work/services. Trump said, “Well, maybe they didn’t do a good job and I wasn’t satisfied.”
  • Trump proposed controversial “stop and frisk” policies to control crime in Chicago. Holt reminded Trump that “stop and frisk” was ruled unconstitutional in a New York court. Holt responds that it was deemed racial profiling. Trump still protested.
  • Hillary wants to create a plan to divert young people away from crime and create “second chance” programs to give inner city youth alternatives to crime.
  • Trump tried to appeal to African-American communities by saying they’ve been used for votes and abandoned after the election.
  • Trump claims he dropped “birther debate” because “he wants to get on with ISIS” and other policies. But he claims he is the one that got Obama to release his birth certificate. This topic spirals out of control, while Hillary tries to paint Trump as a perpetual racist throughout his business career.
  • Trump blames Obama for losing control of our country’s cybersecurity.
  • Holt: “You supported the war in Iraq…” Trump: “No I did not.” Holt: “The record shows differently.” Trump: “No it does not.”
  • Trump: “I have much better judgement than she does. I also have much better temperament than she does.”
  • Hillary: “A man who can be provoked by a tweet cannot have his hands on the nuclear codes.”

  • Hillary closed the campaign by appealing directly to other heads of state to assure our global partners that “our word is good” and we will honor previous treaties and agreements.
  • Trump claims Hillary’s negative campaign ads are “not nice.” (Note: I’m wondering if he realizes this is a national campaign in which those sorts of things happen sometimes).

Leading up to the debate, it had been predicted that Trump would paint Hillary as the establishment candidate that has done nothing and will continue to not work effectively for the American people. It was also predicted that Hillary would let Trump run his mouth to show his true colors. I’d say both predictions were spot on. Hillary definitely showed more patience and kept her cool, while Trump went off on tangents (see birther segment). Sigh. There’s still two more of these debates to come before November 8th. If you still need to register, it’s easy to do online! Check out this resource from theSkimm and get registered today! #staysmart #stayinformed

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