Last night was the first presidential debate and it was … not a great moment for the country, to say the least. As Sarah reminds us, presidential candidates go into debates with a strategy, basing their metric of success on their ability to boost turnout among an already existing base. Did either candidate achieve what they wanted to achieve? Are undecided voters who watched the debate now more or less likely to show up to the polls? If you haven’t been following every twist and turn of the race, Trump appeared strong and forceful during the debate, interrupting the moderator and his doddering opponent in perpetuity. But were Trump’s interruptions strategic? As Jonah argues, “He didn’t let Biden talk when Biden was talking badly.” Rather than give Biden the opportunity to fumble, the president was just a “blunderbuss of interruptions,” a problem that was compounded by his refusal to condemn white supremacy.

Biden, on the other hand, somewhat succeeded in his do no harm, let Trump be Trump strategy, minor gaffes aside. But it was by no means a show-stopping performance from the Democratic nominee. All things considered, it mostly served as a reminder that maybe mute buttons would be a good idea next time around. After a debate recap, Sarah and the guys discuss the electoral and national security implications of the New York Times’ report on Trump’s tax returns, as well as the DNI Director John Ratcliffe’s letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham regarding the FBI’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Stick around for a fun conversation about our podcast hosts’ favorite cult classic films.

Show Notes:

30 day free trial at The Dispatch, Dispatch Live Post-Debate Edition, Frank Luntz’s focus group, post-debate Telemundo poll, New York Times’ report on Trump’s tax returns, DNI letter from John Ratcliffe.

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  1. Joe D. Lincoln

    Man, I saw that hack Mark Steyn even complained about Chris Wallace. … Oh wait a minute, the point about blaming the wild fires on global warming and ignoring forest management by the F***ING MODERATOR was actually taking sides.

    Real tough interview – letting Biden slide on not answering about court packing and ending the filibuster – completely fair and even.

    Demanding Trump denounce white supremacists (again), while not demanding Biden condemn Antifa or these protests in anyway. I mean, those 3 white supremacists in this country need to be condemned (yes, that’s about how many of them I think there are)!

    Oh and isn’t the pervasive graft in the Biden household at least as big of an issue as how much Trump legally paid in taxes?

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    • September 30, 2020, at 5:54 PM PDT
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  2. Steven Iverson Member

    Trump actually paid millions in the alternative minimum tax ( mentioned in the last paragraphs of NYT article) not to mention millions in matching payroll tax for his employees. The Bidens created an S6 corp to avoid paying $200,000 in payroll tax, not brought up by Wallace of course. 

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    • October 1, 2020, at 6:54 AM PDT
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  3. EDISONPARKS Member
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    Steven Iverson (View Comment):

    Trump actually paid millions in the alternative minimum tax ( mentioned in the last paragraphs of NYT article) not to mention millions in matching payroll tax for his employees. The Bidens created an S6 corp to avoid paying $200,000 in payroll tax, not brought up by Wallace of course.

    The AMT is there so the wealthy and corporations do not pay only $750 in Federal Income Tax by using depreciation and other legal tax deferral items.

    Thereby proving the NYT was completely disingenuous in the article highlighting the $750 early in the piece while knowing Trump paid millions in Federal Income Tax, relying on the those in the MSM to not read the entire article, much less even understand what the Alternative Minimum Tax is in the first place.

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    • October 1, 2020, at 10:33 AM PDT
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