September 26, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – To assist journalists covering tonight’s presidential debate, SMU election experts are providing real-time insights throughout the evening.
TRUMP’S BEST-LAID TRAP
On Trump’s TPP attack…
- “He’s smart to trap her on whether TPP is Obama’s fault. She won’t criticize Obama. Trump is spirited and reasonably specific. He is also being quite aggressive – not sure how that plays out against a female opponent. Hillary is Hillary – knowledgeable, under control, a little boring and condescending. Nobody who’s not already voting for her is going to her web site!”
Wilson is an SMU associate professor of Political Science with specific expertise in politics and religion.
TRUMP STEERING DEBATE HIS DIRECTION
On who does better when the talk is trade …
- “Clinton started out strong in her first answer about working people, but when Trump turned the conversation to NAFTA, he did well – except for his tone. I think Clinton made a mistake by letting the trade debate drag on.”
Martin is an SMU assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Meadows School of the Arts
EARLY EDGE GOES TO CLINTON
On who is winning the economic argument …
- “Clinton is scoring better in the opening minutes. She’s giving better details and exhibiting a positive demeanor. Trump is being repetitive and needs more detail.
Voth is SMU’s director of debate and an associate professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
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