Students, Faculty React to First Presidential Debate


The first of three scheduled debates in advance of the 2020 Presidential Election was conducted on Sept. 29 between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“My general thoughts on the debate were overall negative,” said sophomore Joe Mazurkiewicz. “President Trump showed very little professionalism, and Vice President Biden failed to elaborate on any policy.”

Chris Wallace of Fox News moderated the event, which was held in Cleveland.

“I would say the percentage of undecided voters for this election is very small, compared to other elections,” said Professor of Political Science Joe Melusky. “I don’t think this debate changed any minds of people who already knew who they were voting for.”

In a poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal in mid-September, only 11 percent of those surveyed said they have not decided if they will vote for Biden or Trump next month.

Due to Trump’s heath following his positive test for COVID-19, it remains unclear whether the next debate, scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami, will be conducted. The format for this debate, if it happens, will be a Town Hall.

“In 2016, the Town Hall debate between President Trump and Hillary Clinton did not turn out to be as informative and civil as it should have been,” said senior Randee McGee.

“I am putting the bar even lower for this one.”