Monday’s 2nd presidential debate was, according to many, a draw. This was not the case with last night’s Arizona Senate debate. The debate, which was considered by many Kirkpatrick’s last chance to take a big cut into John McCain’s growing lead, lasted a little over an hour, but it must have seen longer than that to a nervous and cautious Ann Kirkpatrick.
During the whole of the debate Kirkpatrick, a former trial lawyer, seemed nervous, jittery, out of place and out of her depth. she struggled to defend Hillary Clinton and her trustworthiness, while McCain made no qualms about throwing both Clinton and Trump under the bus.
Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being president…I’ve renounced my nominee.When will you renounce yours?
When pressed by the moderators as to who he will vote for, McCain avoided an awkward moment by injecting humor into his answer saying he may “write-in Lindsey Graham”.
— Cronkite News (@cronkitenews) October 11, 2016
At a time where we place so much emphasis on words and what is said and what is vs. what is meant and everything is analyzed, it is ultimately the debater’s confidence and demeanor which ends up winning a debate. Kirkpatrick had few answers to defends Clinton, Obamacare and her term limits pledge. John McCain looked comfortable, in command and was never rattled by Kirkpatrick, the moderators, or Donald Trump.