‘The arguments are being heard:’ UCF professor reacts to final presidential debate

Jim Clark shares his thoughts on Trump-Biden debate

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – University of Central Florida professor and political expert Dr. Jim Clark said the final presidential debate went more smoothly than the first one.

President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden were not allowed to interrupt each other in opening remarks to questions.

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If it was not a candidate’s turn to talk, their microphone was muted.

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Clark noted viewers could hear their arguments now.

“Donald Trump trying to make points, but much calmer than what we saw a couple of weeks ago,” Clark said.

Neither candidate was interrupted in opening points.

“Vice President Biden didn’t get to finish sentences (in the first debate),” Clark said.

The UCF professor noticed President Trump changed his strategy for this debate.

"His advisors clearly told him, he had lost the first debate, he should let the other candidate speak,” Clark said.

Even though voters have had months to think about who they will vote for, Clark said this final debate was still a big deal.

“I think so, this is the last chance these candidates have to get in front of the American people,” Clark said.

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Clark noted the first debate had 70 million viewers.

“This is the final look before the majority of Americans go to the polls,” he said.

The UCF professor mentioned with the debates over, it’s time for the final campaign stretch for both candidates.

“It is becoming more about turnout,” Clark said.

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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign’s closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly different approaches to the major domestic and foreign challenges facing the nation.

Early voting has already started in Florida and Clark said Central Florida will play a big part in the election.

“If the democrats take Seminole, they can take the White House,” Clark said. “I believe that Seminole for the whole nation is the bellwether county.”

Clark said historically Seminole County goes red and has done so since 1948, however, that seems to be changing.

“Seminole has been trending more towards Democrats in the last 20 years,” he said.