It’s the Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former VP Joe Biden. And Outkick partner and columnist Jason Whitlock is here to share his thoughts about the proceedings.
Take it away, Jason:
Early on: Trump sounds desperate
My read on presidential debates is always about the tone of the debaters. Are they reflecting the tone of the average American? Are they projecting a persona and tone enticing to potential voters?
I don’t like President Trump’s tone. He sounds more desperate than I anticipated. He’s been too combative with Fox host Chris Wallace. People like and respect Chris Wallace. It’s a mistake to go at him so hard. It makes President Trump seem insecure.
Middle rounds: Biden exceeding expectations
The expectations for Vice President Joe Biden were so low that it was going to be difficult for him to be that bad. He wasn’t. He sounded sharp and on point, based on the pre-debate expectations.
Vice President Biden is benefitting from being the underdog. He’s in the fight. He’s standing up to President Trump. Biden’s supporters are going to be thrilled with his performance.
Biden playing “rope-a-dope” with Trump?
I’m shocked that President Trump didn’t spend more time championing the black unemployment rate when Chris Wallace asked the first question about race and racism. President Trump talked about Biden’s crime bill and Trump credited Hillary Clinton’s “super predator” comment to Biden.
And then President Trump pivoted to talking about the military and law and order.
This feels like Vice President Biden is pulling off the “rope-a-dope.” He baited Trump into believing he was incapable of surviving a debate.
Overall: Affirmations and surprises
This debate confirms why I don’t like politics. This debate accomplished nothing. It sounded like Twitter.
Some of that is on the format. Most of the questions were stupid and asked to please Twitter. There was very little of substance said Tuesday night. In the next debate, they should cut the microphone off of the person who is not supposed to be speaking.
President Trump interrupted Vice President Biden and Chris Wallace too often.
Overall I was surprised that President Trump didn’t respond with more confidence. COVID-19 undermined the president’s confidence and willingness to stand on his record. And I was really shocked that Sleepy Joe Biden stayed awake.
And the winner is . . .
I’m giving the first debate to Sleepy Joe. It wasn’t a knockout. It wasn’t an impressive victory. He lasted all 15 rounds and President Trump directed too many punches at Wallace.
None of it matters. People already know how they’re voting.