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Charlotte Talks: Voters Get First Side-By-Side Look At Biden And Trump In 'Hot Mess' Debate

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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Reaction to the first of the three presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Did any jabs connect with voters who are still undecided?

The wheels of North Carolina's election machinery were already turning Tuesday as the candidates readied for the debate. Elections offices began processing absentee ballots from voters who didn't need to watch the debate to help with their pick for president.

But about 30% of those surveyed this month by NBC News said the debates would carry some weight with their decision-making.

Biden entered Tuesday's debate leading in national surveys and polls of battleground states, and the debate marked one of the few remaining chances for Trump to change the trajectory of his reelection bid.

What did you think of Tuesday's debate? Send your comments either by email or send a voice memo to charlottetalks@wfae.org.


Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal, managing editor (@CBJSpanberg)


Mel Atkinson, UNC Charlotte, associate professor of political science (@QueenCityProf)

Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, Department of Politics chair; manages the Old North State Politics blog (@BowTiePolitics)

Ed Lee, Emory University, senior director of the Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation and Dialogue

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A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.