FORT WAYNE Ind. (WPTA21) - Over 100 million people tuned in to broadcast, cable or digital coverage to watch the first presidential debate on Tuesday. Not even 10 minutes into the debate, verbal sparring began between the two presidential candidates.
After constant interruptions and personal attacks, the moderator, Chris Wallace, found himself stopping the candidates from talking over each other multiple times during the debate.
One of those viewers who was tuned in was Liam Row. He’s a senior at Bishop Dwenger High School.
He says he was hoping to learn something from the two individuals who are competing for the highest position in the nation. He told ABC21 that instead, he witnessed things that he was taught not to do.
He did have some takeaways from the performance of the moderator. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace stated before the debate that he wanted to do his best to simply be the moderator and not become part of the debate. Liam believes Wallace did well.
"Chris Wallace did a great job asking his questions that he came up with," he said. "Those are definitely some things I think that the American people want to hear and something that had a great potential for debate.
"After seeing last night's debate, it really has me fired up to go out and give my all so that I can make that will change the currently and occurring with a higher level."
The next debate will be for the vice-Presidential candidates. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are set to face off on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Two more presidential debates are on the 2020 schedule. The next one will be held Oct. 15 in Miami and will be moderated by C-SPAN host and political editor Steve Scully.
The final debate is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville. It will be moderated by NBC News White House correspondent and anchor Kristen Welker.