Analysis: The first presidential debate

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 12:56 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2020 at 4:32 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND (WCAX) - The first presidential debate in Cleveland quickly dissolved into name-calling and insults, with both candidates throwing personal attacks at each other.

Moderator Chris Wallace challenged President Trump and candidate Joe Biden on six topics.

Trump in particular repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry comments.

There were heated clashes over the president’s handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden’s family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care.

We asked Middlebury College professor and political analyst Matt Dickinson if there was anything we could learn from this debate.

“We learned that both candidates are willing to shed any degree of civility when it comes to sort of interacting on a personal level. You heard a challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden call the president a clown, tell him to shut up, called him a liar. And Donald Trump just in terms of violating the debate wasn’t much better,” Dickinson said.

You can watch the full interview with Dickinson above.

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