Transcript for A closer look at the presidential debate disaster
The first pre The first presidential debate was -- well, should we call it unprecedented? Let's go with that. There was a lot to unpack. Let's say that. Unpack and maybe even forget. Let's get right into this. We're joined by Hillary Clinton's former political director Amanda Renteria and Sarah fage, former white house director under George W. Bush. Let's start with the moment that may have been the most shocking for a hot of people when president trump was asked about condemning white supremacists. Condemn they need to stand Are you willing to condemn militia groups -- Sure. Saying they need to stand down -- Who would you like me to condemn? Proud boys, stand back and stand by. "Stand back and stand by." Sara, there are groups celebrating, particularly the proud boys, celebrating this moment from last night, what do you make of it and is there any other way to explain what we saw? Look, the whole debate was a disaster and you know, when -- you could hardly hear anything. Chris Wallace asked him a very direct question. He said sure. And then he had some sarcastic kind of, well, what do you want me to say? Almost I'm offended by the question. As a presidential candidate, when you get a question like that it's very simple, I condemn it. There's no place for it in American politics. There's no place for it in American society. And had he done that, we wouldn't be having this conversation today. I mean, it was just all-in an incredibly painful, painful debate to watch. I don't think there's another way to put it, but the question is, what is this going to do to any undecided voters? You have the president interrupting, attacking Joe Biden and you had Biden getting frustrated. What do you think the impact will be on that undecided voter? Well, everyone came in and recognized there aren't very many undecided voters. But anyone who was tuning in for the first time and you might know where you lean. But tuning in was really tough for anyone to figure where people were. But I will say this, the moments where Joe Biden was really connecting with people was looking folks in the eye and saying, I'm here, I hear you, I'm talking with you, those are really important moments for anyone that hadn't tuned in yet because you could feel the connection, the idea that he was actually speaking to your needs. And Amanda, you mentioned some of the moments that maybe vice president Biden made a connection, but he had an emotional moment in talking with his son. When president trump essentially accused hunter Biden saying he had a dishonorable discharge from the military for drugs. Was that too much from president trump? I don't think it was appropriate to go into military service. I do think the conversation around hunter Biden's consulting with Ukraine because it talks about corruption and it ties back to the vice president potentially, but I thought it was a good moment. One of the few feelgood moments for Joe Biden in the debate, he said my son has overcome addiction, he's right, lot of families have faced this, I would have liked to see him expound on it and talk more about the struggles. He seems a little uncomfortable with it. Trump attacking him for the military service, and things in his past, I don't think appropriate. You know, things relative to the vice president's tenure when he was in office was appropriate. We thank our ABC news contributors. Thank you both for trying to help us digest quite a night.
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