What local voters want to hear in the first presidential debate


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With the first presidential debate just hours away, Eyewitness News asked local voters about what they want to hear.

Local residents say they’re excited about the debate and will be watching closely. They want to hear what both candidates have to say and how they say it.

“I think we need to get some strong opinions on their policies and more or less what they both feel is best for us moving forward,” Kevin Gaylord, a Shavertown resident said.

Gaylord says that he will not be missing the debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. While he says he is not usually into politics, this year is different.

“It’s very important for our country. I think we’ve had a lot of change in the last years, last three plus years. I feel like we need a little bit more change to be honest,” Gaylord said.

Jennifer Doyle from Dunmore tells Eyewitness News that she wants to see the two candidates side by side to compare and contrast their answers to questions on the key issues facing the nation.

“I’m really excited to see the debate to really hear especially from Joe Biden how he’s going to bring the community together. I feel like there is a lot of disconnect in our nation right now,” Doyle said.

Joe Hittle says he wants to hear answers with substance and not political bullet points.

“I want to know they are always talking about what they are going to do. I want to know how they are going to do it,” Hittle, of Wilkes-Barre, said.

Debbie Alunni from Bear Creek agrees. She says she wants to hear specific details from each candidate regarding issues facing the nation but she’s also looking at their character.

“I’d like to hear civility from both of the candidates. That’s what I would like to hear, return to civility. The name calling just has been divisive in this county, very very frightening,” Alunni said.

Some voters say that in recent days, this first debate could decide which candidate they cast their vote for.

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