Who Won the First Biden/Trump Debate
I don't think either of them won.
Biden is not a great debater. Let's be honest. Kamala punched him in the primaries hard and it hurt him. If it wasn't for the DNC asking people to pull out and throw their support his way, Bernie would have won the nomination.
Trump was rude. Trump was a bully. Trump was lying. All this is true. However, winning a debate is about perception. When you allow someone to be rude like that, when you allow someone to bully you, and lie without being checked on it, it makes you look weak. Biden needed to punch back more. Instead he stuttered and got flustered. You're going to see none of that from Kamala vs Mike Pence.
Biden tried to laugh off some of this but it didn't work for me. It looked like Trump was scoring hits on him; especially when he asked Biden to name one law enforcement group that was supporting him. Not being able to name one hurt.
The other thing Trump was doing was trying to cut off Biden from the progressive side of the party. He wanted to alienate his voters and make him seem too left for Republicans and Independents but also too far right to support what more left leaning democrats want him to do. That strategy I don't think will work because more left leaning people will never see Trump as a better choice in this election. But the point was to decrease Biden's excitement and turnout.
I felt Biden missed a ton of attack opportunities. There have been so many things Trump has done that you should make him answer for on a debate stage. Kids in cages, tax cuts for the rich, racist supporters, Biden really failed to him on his record, trying to make it mostly about his covid response and current state of the economy. But his side isn't going to blame the economy on Trump. And the more they buy into covid as a hoax then it makes it look like democrats are the only ones trying to damage the economy by keeping businesses closed.
When Biden got close to landing a solid upper cut with the China trade war Trump immediately pivoted to talking about his son and it worked to break Biden's momentum and he got distracted and got put back on defense. And defending his long history in government did not go over that great.
Where Biden did get Trump was on Putin puppy thing but it really should have been hit harder with Trump's finances. I mean that was set up as an October Surprise and I didn't feel like Biden used that at all and kind of let Chris Wallace debate Trump at times. Chris Wallace did way more punching than Biden did.
So all in all, disappointed with Biden's performance. I think they both lost but I think Trump was more effective with his base and Biden was with what he needed to accomplish with his. Biden needed to bring some facts into the republican bubble and he failed to really hit any home runs. Hopefully, the next debate is better since Biden is clearly the better (sane) choice.