Undecided voters describe Trump as a 'crackhead,' 'arrogant' in post-debate focus group (The Week link): The first presidential debate left undecided American voters in agreement about at least one thing: President Trump's negativity. Republican consultant and pollster Frank Luntz asked his focus group to use one word to describe the president and basically "every single word was negative," observed Politico's Tim Alberta.
In all, from 17 voters in swing states, 15 used negative words and just two used positive words or phrases to describe the president (that is, if you consider "an ass but a confident ass" to be a compliment).
The focus group's opinion of the debate tracks with a CBS poll, which found that 83 percent of debate watchers believed the tone of the evening to be "negative" while 17 percent thought it was "positive." Which raises the question: What debate were those 17 percent watching?
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer introduced Dale by recapping that, in his opinion, “clearly this debate was an embarrassment for the United States of America — a clear embarrassment.”
“Well, it depended Wolf on who we were listening to,” Dale replied. “I think it’s important for us as journalists to say when both sides are not alike — and they were not alike tonight,” he explained. “We had an avalanche of lying from President Trump,” he continued. “Biden, conversely, made at least a couple false or misleading claims, but honestly, he was largely accurate.”
“And the other thing that stood out to me, Wolf, was these were largely false claims the president has made before. These weren’t one-time slips or gaffes or errors — these have been fact-checked and he keeps saying them and they’re still wrong,” Dale concluded.