84M watched presidential debate, Carter-Reagan 1980 debate record broken

By Patrick Walker

Published 09/27 2016 06:53PM

Updated 09/27 2016 06:53PM

As the dust settled Tuesday following the first presidential debate Monday night, both the Democrats and the Republicans have decided to weigh in on how their candidate faired, and by no surprise, both sides are claiming victory.

Eighty-four million people tuned into the debate Monday night making it the most-watched debate ever.  The numbers for Monday's presidential debate beat the long-running Carter-Reagan debate of 1980.

"We knew that Donald Trump was going to be Donald Trump, and he certainly was," said Dr. David Damore, UNLV Political Science Professor.  "Hillary Clinton did what we expected."

UNLV Political Science Professor David Damore says both sides got in their shots.

"He clearly had his talking point about going after -- sort of the status quo -- and the hack politicians, Damore said.  "I don't know how many times he used that line there.  For her, I think she accomplished what she wanted to do, she was able to get under his skin."

Campaign staff and candidate surrogates kept a close eye on the debates looking for moments from which they could claim victory.

Patrick Walker, Politics NOW Anchor: "How do you think it went for Donald Trump?
Ferre: "I think it was a terrific night for Donald Trump.  You could feel the excitement in the audience and certainly, you could tell that there was a lot of interest and enthusiasm."

"If they were seriously looking to see who was the most qualified to be president, the most experienced, the most knowledgeable, Hillary Clinton blew it away," said Rep. Dina Titus, D-NV.

With the deep divide on issues taking center stage Monday night, Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald made his case for Donald Trump.

"People aren't making it," McDonald said.  "People aren't making it with just jobs. The economy isn't coming back. We're shipping jobs overseas, they're going out of this country, and it's not working."

While Democrats say, Clinton's experience is the way to lead the country forward.

"She has given evidence; she has given detailed answers, whereas on the other hand, Mr. Trump goes back to his talking points," said State Sen. Pat Spearman, D- Las Vegas.

Ultimately, when it comes to picking the next president of the United States of America, it's not up to the campaigns or the pundits to decide who won.  It's up to the voter.

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