September 26, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – To assist journalists covering tonight’s presidential debate, SMU election experts are providing real-time insights throughout the evening.
LESTER HOLT GETTING BETTER AS NIGHT GOES ON
On the moderator’s performance…
- “Lestor Holt is definitely taking more control as the debate goes on with better follow-ups."
Batsell is an SMU associate professor of Journalism and a social media specialist.
CLINTON EMBRACES MINORITIES AS TRUMP FUMBLES
On Clinton’s approach to police and race…
- “It’s controversial of Clinton to lump the Tulsa and Charlotte incidents together. That will play well with blacks, but I’m not sure it will with whites. She’s taking the racial issues head-on in a way that’s very sympathetic to African Americans. It shows how much the Democratic Party has changed. We’ll see how it plays among white swing voters.”
On the birther question …
- “This whole birther discussion is a BS issue that few people really care about. If Clinton can make it a bigger story about Trump’s racism, though, it helps her.”
Wilson is an SMU associate professor of Political Science with specific expertise in politics and religion.
BIRTHERISM OFFERS CLINTON MOMENT TO DRAW COMPARISONS
On Clinton’s birther ambush…
- “The birther line of attack against Trump is a great moment for Clinton. When she turned his history of birtherism into a broader attack against his history of racial discrimination… I’m sure she’s been waiting for that moment and I can only imagine how often she practiced it.”
Martin is an SMU assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Meadows School of the Arts.
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