Following last night's third and final presidential debate, experts have shared who they thought came out on top - including one opinion no one asked for.
Last night, Donald Trump and Joe Biden met for the last presidential debate less than 2 weeks before election day.
via: GettyAfter months of mounting tensions, Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, faced each other for one last time.
And of course, we all want to know who won...
via: Getty ImagesLuckily, the experts have given their analysis and the results are in.
The debate took place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee...
via: GettyAnd was moderated by NBC News correspondent, Kristen Welker.
The debate was crucial for both Trump and Biden...
via: GettyBecause, though Biden has a significant lead in the national polls, the gap between him and Trump is gradually reducing in the battleground states.
However, the evening ran a little differently from the other debates.
via: GettyRemember the first presidential debate, wherein Trump and Biden incessantly spoke over and interrupted one another?
It was utterly shambolic, wasn't it?
via: GettyAnd the second debate fared no better.
Following President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, a virtual debate was pitched...
via: GettyBut, of course, the president refused point-blank to do this. So, in a historic first, the second debate was canceled and both candidates went on to attend their own town hall events - on different channels, at the exact same time.
And, in order for the third event to actually take place (and in an orderly manner...)
via: GettyThe Commission on Presidential Debates came up with a new rule.
The ninety-minute debate was divided into fifteen-minute segments...
via: GettyAnd at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Both campaigns agreed to the new rule...
via: GettyAnd, as has been done before, the moderator ensured that equal amounts of time were given to both the speakers over the course of the ninety minutes.
Of course, anticipations for this crucial event were high...
via: GettyMainly because this is Trump's last chance to salvage the little reputation he has left.
But, almost instantly...
via: GettyThe president seemed to be struggling with the debate's new "no interruptions" rule.
I mean, we all knew this would happen, didn't we?
via: GettyAdmittedly, Trump allowed Biden to have his say (though this may be thanks to his muted microphone).
But his face really said it all.
via: GettyTrump doesn't have the best poker face in the world and gave away his struggle with silence last night.
And, of course, people were quick to point it out online.
Watching Donald Trump try to control himself is the most hilarious thing ever. His instinct is to interrupt and nev… https://t.co/nGobTWe7EO— FlyntofRWBY (@FlyntofRWBY)1603416034.0
Facial expressions aside, over the course of the debate, several topics were covered.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, immigration, and foreign policy.
The exchanges were sharp, to say the least.
via: Getty ImagesAnd some even pointed out how much of a calmer performance Trump gave compared to the previous debate.
via: Getty ImagesMany aren't sure whether he did enough to change the shape of the race in its final closing days.
So now, we all have the same question...
via: Getty ImagesWho actually won the debate?
Well, the New York Post has asked the experts this very question.
via: Getty Images4 experts examined the ninety-minute forum and they came up with a very interesting result.
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The President repeated clearly false assertions about the end of the virus during a third-wave peak, which is still building. Biden talked about practical solutions to balance economic needs and public safety. — Biden: A- / Trump: D
via: Getty ImagesMore of the same from Trump on COVID. I think voters wanted to hear him take some responsibility, which he eventually did. He was strong on the creation of the vaccine. Biden was very negative not just on Trump’s record, but on the pathway forward — Biden: B / Trump: B-
via: Getty ImagesTrump kept his cool this time, but Biden clearly and effectively walked every voter through the president’s catastrophic record of failure in protecting Americans. — Biden: A- / Trump: B-
via: Getty ImagesTrump excelled in this round clearly laying out his successes and reminding voters that he wants to get the economy back on track — an area where voters feel he is strong. Biden saying he didn’t consider red or blue states then stating that the red states were spiking was one of many inconsistent answers — Biden: C / Trump: A
On American families.
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The President pushed the socialized medicine argument, giving the former VP his best line of the night: he’s running “against Joe Biden, Joe Biden." This is also the point in the debate that the president began to abandon his unaccustomed calm. — Biden: A- / Trump: C-
via: Getty ImagesTrump was very effective messaging against Medicare for All and the threat it poses to 180 million private health plans. Trump also was very effective reminding the audience that Biden is making promises on health care now that he did not deliver on while in office. — Biden: B / Trump: B+
via: Getty ImagesYou can’t beat Biden’s direct to camera, empathetic appeal to American families — and Trump only helped him by clumsily mocking Biden for demonstrating that empathy. — Biden: A+ / Trump: D
via: Getty ImagesThis was a tie. Both men played to their base though Trump got Biden to admit that the Biden healthcare plan would be costly — Biden: B / Trump: B
On race in America.
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The President pushed his “best since Lincoln" line; Mr. Biden acknowledged pain. — Biden: B/ Trump: C
via: Getty ImagesExcellent answer from Biden. Empathetic, substantive. Trump was effective reminding of Biden’s crime bill. Trump also smartly pointed to his record on criminal justice reform, opportunity zones and HBCUs. — Biden: A- / Trump: B+
via: Getty ImagesTrump almost comically still thinks calling himself the “least racist" resonates with voters who care about racial equality. Meanwhile, Biden connected by acknowledging the advantages his white family enjoys but that communities of color are denied everyday in America. — Biden: B+ / Trump: C
via: Getty ImagesTrump deftly ticked off his successes with the black community from permanently funding black colleges to fixing the crime bill which Biden admitted was a mistake. Biden wasn’t able to get out from under the hammering that he had decades as Senator and then as VP to Obama to correct but couldn’t get it done — Biden: C / Trump: A
On climate change.
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The president’s claims of wanting the cleanest air and water while systematically eviscerating the nation’s most successful environmental policy was an affront to anyone who reads. Mr. Biden was factual but disjointed; he didn’t have time to adequately frame a post-fossil fuel energy economy. — Biden: B- / Trump: F
via: Getty ImagesTrump stood up to the left-wing environmental agenda, which will be popular in the midwest. His recitation of record-low carbon emissions and attack on the Green New Deal was effective. Surprised he didn’t bring up fracking earlier in his answer. Biden’s environmental message was consistent and will play well with young voters and progressives. — Biden: B / Trump: A-
via: Getty ImagesBiden stuck to his plan that would transform the energy economy through job creation, while Trump did nothing but try to dismiss the realities of renewable energy and try to force Biden into a misstep about oil– something Biden was prepared for and deflected effectively — Biden: A- / Trump: C-
via: Getty ImagesBiden still weak on this issue because he can’t find a strong enough position for his base ie fracking – whereas Trump has shown that he can marry climate with the economy — Biden: C / Trump: B+
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The president misrepresented his administration’s record on a host of immigration issues; Mr. Biden went to the most appealing immigration issue — Dreamers — and walked away with that segment. — Biden: A- / Trump: D
via: Getty ImagesThis section was forgettable. President Trump made his points on the border wall and ending catch and release. Biden was effective on the 500+ children who have not been reunited with their parents. — Biden: B / Trump: B
via: Getty ImagesTrump inexplicably defended the most despicable exercise of executive power in a half-century by callously dismissing the suffering of over 500 children who can’t see their parents because of his immoral and incompetent child separation policy. — Biden: A- / Trump: F
via: Getty ImagesTrump continued the theme of “you couldn’t get it done Joe," causing an uncomfortable moment for Biden when he used the “I wasn’t the President" defense in response to Obama’s immigration failures — Biden: C- / Trump: B+
On national security.
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell: The president wanted to turn this segment into the Biden Family Chronicles; he didn’t directly address actual security questions. Biden was more successful talking about actual security issues. — Biden: B+ / Trump: C-
via: Getty ImagesI don’t even recall any discussion about national security, which is a disgrace. Amazingly, Biden brought up the Hunter Biden accusations first. Trump pushed the issue and Biden said he’s never taken overseas money, which now has to be true. — Biden: B- / Trump: B
via: Getty ImagesBiden delivered stinging takedowns on China, North Korea, and Russia, while Trump retreated to his usual unsubstantiated and rhetorical claims of toughness — Biden: A / Trump: C-
via: Getty ImagesTrump put Biden off his game as he pressed the former vice president about his son’s business deal at a Ukrainian natural gas company and possible ties to a Russian politician — and contrasted that nicely with the aid he’s provided farmers funded by tariffs on imported Chinese goods — Biden: C / Trump: A
via: Getty ImagesBirdsell — Biden: B+ / Trump: C- Mackowiak — Biden: B- / Trump: A- Soufer — Biden: A / Trump: C- Remauro — Biden: C / Trump: A+ So, it seems there's a bit of a mixed bag.
But not for one "expert."
You are on fire on this one Mr. President!! He just Lost.. he’s toast— Kirstie Alley (@Kirstie Alley)1603418724.0
And she's declared Trump the undeniable winner.
I LOVE THIS Trump! COOL CALM AND POIGNANT !! You have WON THE DEBATE!!— Kirstie Alley (@Kirstie Alley)1603416917.0