Probably not according to the consensus of the so-called experts this morning. Both candidates generally seemed to hold their own and there weren’t any significant surprises. They were both as civil as anyone expected.
I hope you had a chance to watch the debate. I’m not sure it lived up to the hype, but then again it’s a debate not a sporting event. I find things like this better if I can watch them for myself before I start hearing everyone else’s opinion.
Despite everything I have going on, I did find time (along with most of the rest of the country) to watch the debate. I tweeted my thoughts throughout. And afterward, I started putting together a post detailing my perspective not just on the debate, but on the candidates and how they each align with my own views on the issues. But that post will need to wait. I would like to spend a little more time and maybe even watch another debate before publishing my thoughts.
I will say that I’m shocked the polls indicate the election is as close as it is. If my social media news feed is any indication, Hillary is way out in front. Although I suspect this may have less to do with her and more to do with the apprehension many feel about publicly supporting Trump.
My goal in any election is to fight through the media rhetoric and gotcha mentality and instead try to focus on what issues are important to each candidate and how well I think they will be able to implement their solutions.
Honestly, that’s a difficult task in this election. The media has done what it can to promote this election as if it were the Superbowl of reality television shows. And the polarizing and confrontational dialogue from both candidates certainly isn’t making it any easier either.
Fellow Financial Slackers, did last night’s presidential debate change your opinion of either candidate?