Donald Trump's Campaign Admits Debate Failures

Political analyst Matthew Dowd weighs in on the aftermath of the first presidential debate and the high-profile surrogates campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
2:42 | 09/29/16

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later. Let's bring in Matthew dowd for more. I have to start with that quote in Tom's piece. A candidate staff saying he lost his nerve during the debate. I've never seen anything like it. You've been inside the top levels of campaigns. Take us inside their staff meeting this morning after something like that comes out. I'm sure there is a lot of yelling going on in the midst of that. I think that Donald Trump -- obviously we've seen it transition from various campaign managers, now on their third set of leadership. To me what it looks like is somebody hasn't been able to give him the advice or him take the advice so what they're now trying to do is try to get him the advice through doing it ext externally and doing it publicly. I don't think it's going to help but that's the only explanation I can have for why they did this. This "Newsweek" cover story, you saw Hillary Clinton try to put trump's business record on the docket on Monday night. More charges here. Does this cut? I think the problem with this it's an accumulated wait so every time there's a story that goes to a problem that he's got in his business, it just weighs on the American public who then finally comes to the conclusion that says I can't trust this guy. I can't trust his business background. The other part of the story, this is about the Cubans, right, and the Cuban vote in Florida is very important for him if he's going to carry Florida. If they think that he was somehow cutting a deal with Fidel Castro that's problematic for him. Meantime, you saw that quote from Michelle Obama last night. Pretty fiery speech in Pennsylvania. You had president Obama out yesterday saying any vote that's not for Hillary Clinton is a wasted vote even if you're voting for Gary Johnson or Jill stein. They have a direct case to millennials. They had a concerted plan going into that debate and coming out of that debate. Not only from the freepress they got stories but surrogates hit the trail in the aftermath and some of the most popular surrogates, undecided voters in this race and partisans, the two most popular people among undecided voters and partisans are president Obama and Michelle Obama and they're now out and about. Matthew, one more question, if you're Donald Trump and watching Obamas on the trail, other people have influence speaking out for Hillary how do you go head-to-head with that. I think it would be problematic for him to try to sort of scurry around and find surrogates of his own. I would practice it like judo, use their weight against them and basically say I'm here standing alone and that's all the establish. They're against me and they're against you and the public so if you want to get rid of the status quo which is them vote for me who's the singular leader. And once again, she never -- Michelle Obama never mentioned him by name. She is the best at surgically going through that and doing it in a way that you start nodding and never hear Donald Trump's name but you know exactly what she's talking about. New concerns about hacking and the electric.

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