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KIRO Radio and KTTH hosts react to chaotic first presidential debate

President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

You might have thought the showdown Tuesday night between President Trump and Vice President Biden was an entertaining debate or a disgraceful debate. KIRO Radio and KTTH hosts weighed in throughout to break it down.

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Tuesday’s debate was replete with taunts flung between the candidates, as well as a number of heated clashes over the ongoing pandemic, deeply personal attacks about Biden’s family, and a discussion over the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The night’s festivities came to a head, though, when Trump refused to outwardly condemn white supremacists, telling the Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.”

Trump instead pivoted, saying that “somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem — this is a left-wing problem.”

Biden frequently made efforts to distance himself from the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, stopping short of throwing his full support behind the Green New Deal, and not providing a direct answer to whether he would support calls from the left to expand the Supreme Court.

“There’s no way a Bernie Sanders or AOC supporter is happy with Joe Biden tonight,” KTTH’s Jason Rantz noted. “And that will be the way this debate harms Biden the most.”

On Trump’s side, the president again refused to accept the results of November’s election, decrying mail-in voting and suggesting that the nation is poised for a surge in voter fraud. When asked the question directly over whether he would step aside in the event of a Biden victory, he replied, “not if I see ballots being manipulated.”

Despite casting himself as “the one who brought back football,” the president fielded frequent attacks over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Biden accused the president of waiting too long to respond to the virus, claiming that even now, “he still doesn’t have a plan.”

The end result of Tuesday’s debate was a heated affair that many feel didn’t move the needle much in terms of winning over new voters for either candidate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

For a full Tweet recap of Tuesday night’s debate from KIRO Radio and KTTH hosts, start here and work backwards:


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