US Presidential debate: Democrats and Republicans unite in attacking Donald Trump

US Presidential debate: Democrats and Republicans divided over Donald Trump performance

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that Donald Trump lost the presidential debate to Hillary Clinton comfortably last night.

Supporters of both parties spoke to talkRADIO the morning after the debate, and both suggested Clinton was the clear winner.

Kate Andrews from Republicans Abroad said it was clear that Trump's level of skill wasn't on the same level as Clinton's, telling Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I don't think this was the game-changer many people thought it was going to be. 

"I agree [that] the analysis that Trump looked more presidential than he has looked before...will play well into his hands. But Clinton was very blunt about saying that she was going to tax the wealthy, and I think if Donald Trump were more skilled with debating, he'd have been able to come back at her. 

"He had so many missed opportunities last night, because he was so concerned about getting in his quips and coming back at Clinton. He had chances to go for her jugular, and he focused on himself and the scandals in his closet, which is a huge mistake on the debate stage."

Karin Robinson, of Democrats Abroad, said that Clinton's performance will sway voters to her side because of "the unseemly spectacle" of Trump's debating style.

"I think there are certain people who have doubts about Hillary Clinton," she added. "I think a lot of them were put to rest. 

"I was proud of her last night. She was compelling, she was on point, she was presidential. 

"This was the first time we've seen Donald Trump head to head against anyone. It was an unseemly spectacle, but what was interesting was that he tried criticising her - he interrupted her 51 times last night, but she wasn't having it. 

"She was calm and reasoned, but not hesitant to get her digs in where Donald was lying, bullying, inaccurate and inappropriate. She continued on, very calmly, about her way. She didn't get into a fight with him, while he increasingly looked rattled - he wasn't getting under her skin the way he wanted to, and by the end of it, he looked flustered and off pace.

"It just goes to show this is not a man who can stand up to major world leaders - he can't handle a 90-minute debate."