Local leaders give expectations on first presidential debate

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The first face-to-face debate between President Donald Trump and democratic challenger Joe Biden is Tuesday night.

Many political observers believe this debate could set the course in the race for The White House.

The people Eyewitness News spoke with insists their candidate will win this first debate tonight, and many agree that this debate will likely live up to the hype surrounding it.

It will be round one of the presidential debates between republican President Donald Trump and the former democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Luzerne County helped then-candidate Trump win Pennsylvania and subsequently The White House.

Kathy Bozinski is chairperson of the Luzerne County Democratic Party. She tells us how she thinks the debate will go.

“Well, I want them to talk about the issues, but my fear is that it’s going to be Vice President Biden talking issues and President Trump doing what he does best, sort of mugging for the camera, making comments under his breath and not really addressing the issues.”

But Justin Behrens, the chairman of the Luzerne County Republican Party, is looking forward to the face-to-face debate.

“I think this is the first time we are going to hear Joe Biden actually speak. He’s been actually away 7 months. He’s never been hit with the hard questions. He’s never had to answer the hard questions and he’s finally got to talk about what he’s done 45 years he has been in office.”

We also spoke with Bill Russo, via Zoom, who is deputy communications director for the Biden campaign. He insists that Biden is ready for anything that comes his way.

“I think we are prepared for Donald Trump to throw out a whole bunch of lies, conspiracy theories. You know, really throw the kitchen sink at Vice President Biden. I think Vice President Biden is ready to counter it.”

Former Congressman Lou Barletta, from Hazleton, is leading a bus tour across Pennsylvania for President Trump.

“I want to hear about policies. I want to hear about what President Trump plans on doing in his second term. Obviously, he kept his promises… Building the wall, putting America first.”

Supporters of both candidates are urging voters to check out their campaign websites for more details on how they stand on the key issues and plans moving forward.

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