Local reaction to the presidential debate

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — It’s the day after the first presidential debate and people in our area are reacting to it.

It is being called one of the most contentious presidential debates in history. Incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden went at it for about an hour and a half.

The debate was the topic of discussion among the ladies who were having lunch outside Circles Deli in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

“I thought it was ridiculous. It was like two children arguing with each other. I didn’t watch the whole thing and that’s an hour and a half of my life I’ll never get back,” Elaine Stefanko of Wilkes-Barre said.

“I didn’t last more than five minutes. I realized I had no reason to watch that… No reason to put myself through that spectacle. I know who I am voting for. Why bother?” Jeanette Karaska of Wilkes-Barre said.

Kings College student Issa Dahdal of Dallas says he was not pleased with what he witnessed.

“To me, the debate was more entertainment rather than substance. In the time we are supposed to be voting, I wanted to know more about what their plans are for the office rather than what each other side thinks of the other,” Dahdal said.

Republican Congressman Dan Meuser, from District 9, also weighed in.

“I think they outlined some very stark differences between the two. I hope voters review very closely Biden’s plan for America and President Trump’s plan for America,” said Meuser.

Democratic State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, from Luzerne County, points the finger of blame at President Trump for what he calls “an embarrassment for the United States.”

“You shouldn’t be interrupting. It’s an incredibly poor example for who were watching and certainly poor example for the rest of the world,” said Pashinski.

Most political observers we spoke with, say the debate probably won’t change anyone’s mind as far as whom they will vote for in November.

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