Key takeaways and analysis from presidential debate

ABC News contributors, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discuss the candidates' performance in the wild debate.
3:27 | 09/30/20

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Rahm Emanuel and Chris Christie joining us now. You were part of the president's debate prep. How does he clean up this moment last night? Will he do it? Well, listen, I think, again, George, I heard it differently last night when he said, sure, I will, right off the top in response to it but if -- He said stand up and stand by. He said stand by. That was a call to arm. George, George, I didn't read it that way, but if you want to read it that way that's your prerogative. The way to clean it up is the next opportunity the president has to clarify that answer because folks like you and others are confused by it then he should do that. I think, you know, what happened last night during our program last night the president came out much too hot in that regard, too are aggressive in the debate and that Joe Biden came out in a way that concerned me as well because there were numerous times during the debate where he drifted off in midsentence where he got numbers wrong, where he didn't seem to be able to make or complete a point so I don't think anybody should feel assured by either one of their performances last night and they have work to do when both get back on stage on October 15th. I would point out the proud boys weren't confused what the president said and were cheering, Rahm Emanuel, your response? I think this debate will be remembered for the two Is. Insurlts and interruptions. And I think what the president did is just reminding people of what they're exhausted by in a dramatic hour and a half terms. I also think the president went into this election, this debate, rather, trying to change the directions, change people's perception. If anything he doubled down on why people want to turn the page from this presidency. It left in that moment about the proud boys continues a more stain on the presidency, not only that he refused to condemn but not a single Republican condemned the president's unwillingness to challenge and openly racist organization. We have not seen this out of the white house for over 170 years, something like that so I think in this way Biden had strong moments when he looked right at the camera and addressed people. Anyone would have gotten knocked off given the constant interruptions and the American people were disgusted as a group because of this and mainly every time Chris Wallace tried to get the president to let Joe Biden finish, he kept interrupting and I think it showed people why they want to turn the page on this presidency and get the country moving? Rahm, some saying Joe Biden shouldn't come to the next two debates. It's not just Democrats, I think first of all whatever the audience hear, it will debate in two and three and I believe, look, every candidate has to have multiple tools in the toolbox and the president said I got only one tool. It's a drill and it's just going to go worth any anesthesia. I don't think people want to see that and I think the president hurt himself because it showed there won't be anything different for the next four years. On an incumbent it's either play or trade and the American people would like to make a trade, I think.

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