Viewing parties hosted on both sides for debate

Posted at 10:37 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 23:39:41-04

People throughout southeast Wisconsin gathered to watch the first presidential debate together. There were dozens of viewing parties.  Just as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different opinions on most issues,  local Democrats and Republicans have very different opinions on who won the debate.

"It was definitely Hillary Clinton who won tonight, and the reason why is she has very specific plans on how we need to fix the economy and how we should run this country," says Luz Sosa.

"I think she stood with the facts and provided substance on the issues most important to us at this time," adds Tiffany Henry.

"She has a plan in place to create jobs, and she seems to elaborate that plan more than Trump," says Sean Lowe. "I was looking for specific plans. She provided more details."

Others say debate victory goes to Trump.

"This is the only candidate that's talking about how to bring jobs back to America and how to secure our borders," says Ahna Key, a 19-year-old Trump supporter. "Trump is actually going to fight for my future, not just talk about fighting for my future."

"I think that there's a lot of things we need to change, and he's the only one who's going to make that happen, because he's a change candidate," adds Keith Whyte.

Keith Whyte and Ahna Key say they get get a lot of surprised reactions when they tell people they're Trump supporters.

"Especially with me being black, people can't believe I'm voting for Trump," Whyte says. "But I don't care. He's speaking the truth, and he's going to do what's best for this country."

"I'm a young woman so people automatically think I'm voting for Clinton," Key says.  "I'm all for a woman president, not just one that's as corrupt as her."

But Clinton supporters say it's Trump who's shouldn't be trusted.

"What I noticed during the debate, is that he repeats the same thing over and over again," Sosa says.

"He makes jokes and says things to get a rise out of Clinton, and the public," Henry adds. "That's not the kind of leader I want. There's no room for jokes. This is a very serious time."

Regardless of who you think won the debate, we only have a a little more than 40 days until we find out whether Trump or Clinton wins the presidency.