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47.9M Watched Debate, a Drop
47.9M Watched Debate, a Drop

47.9M Watched Debate, a Drop

22 networks ran simulcasts of CNN feed

(Newser) - Preliminary data from Nielsen shows that 47.9 million people watched the presidential debate Thursday night. That's a 35% decline from the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in 2020, CNN reports, when more than 73 million people tuned in. About 8.7 million audience members watched...

For Some, Debate's 'Biggest Failure' Wasn't Biden

Lack of live fact checking from moderators may have given Trump a leg up

(Newser) - Jon Stewart isn't the only one finding fault in the moderation of Thursday's presidential debate. Criticism is coming in hot, particularly from the left, of moderators Dana Bash and Jake Tapper. Of his opponent, President Biden said, "I can't think of one thing that he...

Jon Stewart: Debate Could've Used More Drugs
Jon Stewart: 'This
Cannot Be Real Life'
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Jon Stewart: 'This Cannot Be Real Life'

'Daily Show' host calls out Biden's stumbles, Trump's lies at debate

(Newser) - If there were performance-enhancing drugs in use at Thursday's presidential debate, there weren't enough, according to Jon Stewart. President Biden's stumbles and former President Trump's blatant lies showed "both of these men should be using performance-enhancing drugs"—"as much of it as they...

Biden 'Lost in the First 15 Minutes'
Biden 'Lost in the
First 15 Minutes'
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Biden 'Lost in the First 15 Minutes'

Analysts say debate was a 'disaster' for president

(Newser) - President Biden's campaign hoped the first presidential debate would push him ahead of Donald Trump in the polls. Instead, some Democrats are calling for him to step aside after a hoarse, faltering performance. His performance "left the field largely clear for Trump, despite the former president displaying his...

After Debate, Biden Went to Waffle House

'I think we did well,' he said, though poll shows most viewers disagree

(Newser) - After a faltering debate performance against Donald Trump that left some Democrats "freaking out," President Biden visited a Waffle House near Atlanta. He defended his performance in the debate, suggesting he has no intention of rethinking his candidacy, the New York Times reports. "I think we did...

Democrats Are Reportedly Near Panic After Debate
Democrats Are Reportedly
Near Panic After Debate
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Democrats Are Reportedly Near Panic After Debate

The consensus seems to be that President Biden made things worse

(Newser) - Politico uses the term "freaking out" to describe how Democrats are reacting to President Biden's debate performance Thursday night, and that seems to be a near-universal take when following analysis of the first presidential debate of the 2024 election. More:
  • "Toast." Politico was texting with
...

Trump Is Pressed on Accepting Election Results
Trump Is Pressed
on Accepting
Election Results
the debate

Trump Is Pressed on Accepting Election Results

On third time, he says he will but only if it's a fair election

(Newser) - One of the last questions put to former President Trump during Thursday's debate was on whether he will accept the results of the 2024 election even if he loses. He declined to make that pledge unequivocally:
  • Dana Bash: "Will you pledge tonight that once all legal challenges have been
...

Candidates Address the 'Age' Question
Candidates Address
the 'Age' Question
the debate

Candidates Address the 'Age' Question

It devolves into a debate over golf handicaps

(Newser) - The age question came up near the end of Thursday's debate.
  • Biden: Moderator Dana Bash of CNN pointed out to Biden that he would be 86 at the end of his second term and asked him how he would reassure voters worried about his age. Biden began by joking
...

Biden to Trump: 'You Have the Morals of an Alley Cat'
Biden, Trump Get Personal
in Their Attacks
the debate

Biden, Trump Get Personal in Their Attacks

'You have the morals of an alley cat,' president says of his rival

(Newser) - The debate between President Biden and former President Trump has turned personal at times, with each attacking the integrity of the other.
  • Biden: "The only person on the stage that is a convicted felon is the man I'm looking at right now," Biden said. This came after Trump called
...

Trump, Biden Begin Historic Debate
Biden Has 'Tough Moment,'
Early Stumbles
the debate

Biden Has 'Tough Moment,' Early Stumbles

President and former president square off in Atlanta

(Newser) - The big moment is here—the first-ever debate between a sitting president and a former president. The first question of the night for President Biden and former President Trump centered on the economy, but another early focus has been on stumbles made during the debate by Biden:
  • "Things were
...

'Vastly Different Approaches' for Candidates' Debate Prep

It was mock debate for Biden, policy discussions for Trump as they prepared for Thursday event: reports

(Newser) - President Biden and former President Trump have had "vastly different approaches" when it comes to preparing for Thursday's historic presidential debate , per Fox News . The president has spent the last five days prepping with aides at Camp David, where a mock debate stage has been set up, per...

Debate Could Be One of the 'More Consequential' in History

Stakes are high as Biden, Trump prepare to face off

(Newser) - Millions of Americans plan to spend part of their Thursday night watching two unpopular elderly men argue about which one of them should run the country. Going into the CNN debate between President Biden and Donald Trump, the share of voters with negative views of both candidates is the highest...

RFK Jr. Says He's Holding the 'Real Debate'

Candidate plans to answer same questions as Biden, Trump while CNN event is underway

(Newser) - While President Biden and Donald Trump are debating Thursday night, an independent candidate excluded from the CNN-hosted debate will be holding his own event. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign says he will be responding to the same questions as Biden and Trump in real time in an event...

Johnson: Nobody Thinks Biden Will Be on Cocaine at Debate

'There's a lot of things that are said in jest,' House speaker says of Trump remarks

(Newser) - Donald Trump wasn't serious when he implied that President Biden will be on cocaine during the Thursday night debate, according to House Speaker Mike Johnson. "Look, there's a lot of things that are said in jest," Johnson told CNN's Kaitlin Collins on Tuesday. "Of...

Here's What Most Americans Will Be Doing Thursday Night

New poll indicates 60% plan on watching Trump, Biden go at it in first debate

(Newser) - Most US adults plan to watch some element of Thursday's presidential debate, and many think the event will be important for the campaigns of both President Biden and former President Trump, according to a new poll from the AP -NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Both men remain broadly...

Hillary Clinton Has Some Debate Predictions
Hillary Clinton Has Some
Debate Predictions
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Hillary Clinton Has Some Debate Predictions

She expects 'bluster,' calls it a 'waste of time' to refute Trump arguments in normal debate fashion

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is in a unique position to preview Thursday's presidential debate—as she points out in a New York Times essay, she's the only person who has debated both President Biden and former President Trump. Framed with a here's-what-I'll-be-watching-for premise, Clinton's op-ed is mainly...

On-Air Sparring May Be Preview of Debate Strategy
CNN Anchor Abruptly
Boots Trump Spokesperson
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CNN Anchor Abruptly Boots Trump Spokesperson

Karoline Leavitt accused this week's debate moderators of anti-Trump bias

(Newser) - The first presidential debate is Thursday, and things already are turning nasty between host CNN and the camp of Donald Trump. On Monday, CNN anchor Kasie Hunt abruptly cut off an interview with Trump spokesperson Karoline Leavitt, reports Mediaite . After Leavitt called debate moderators Jake Tapper and Dana Bash biased...

RFK Jr. Unlikely to Qualify for CNN Debate
CNN: RFK Jr. Hasn't
Qualified for Debate
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CNN: RFK Jr. Hasn't Qualified for Debate

Independent candidate ran out of time to qualify; only Biden, Trump will take the stage

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will not be taking part in next week's debate, CNN confirmed after the candidate missed the deadline to qualify. The network said "the debate qualification window closed at 12:00:01am" on Thursday, and President Biden and Donald Trump were the only candidates to...

Biden, Trump Debate Rules Include Muted Microphones

Moderators say they're aiming for a 'civilized discussion'

(Newser) - The campaigns of President Biden and Donald Trump agreed Saturday to debate rules proposed by CNN, which warned that unlike four years ago, "moderators will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion." The 90-minute event will be held on June 27...

Kennedy Campaign Claims CNN Debate Will Be Illegal

In complaint to FEC, campaign argues that Biden, Trump colluded with network to keep him off the stage

(Newser) - After President Biden and former President Trump agreed earlier this month to hold two debates, Robert F. Kennedy accused the candidates of colluding against him. The independent candidate has now made the complaint official with a Federal Election Commission filing. His campaign alleges that the Biden and Trump campaigns illegally...

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