Some coast residents not excited about first presidential debate

Some coast residents not excited about first presidential debate

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Expectations for the first presidential debate are sky high. Viewership could be the highest for any presidential debate, but are people excited? That's debatable.

A report by CNN says television officials think Monday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could land somewhere between 80 million and 100 million viewers. Richard Rogers, of Gulfport, hasn't decided if he will be one of those.

"Maybe, but probably not," Rogers said. "I said that I would try to talk my wife into recording it so she can tell me what I ought to go back and see. I'm not crazy about listening first hand to either one of the candidates."

Jake and Marybeth Cutler are leaning to Donald Trump but aren't overjoyed with either candidate.

"I think it'll be interesting," Jake said. "I'm sure we'll be flipping back and forth to the Saints game also."

For the debate, they want substantive talk.

"Just be truthful," Marybeth said. "Stick to your guns. Stick to, you know, your policies, and don't flip flop about things."

"I don't want to hear a bunch of giveaways," Rogers added. "I don't want to hear a bunch of trash talk about adventurous foreign policy."

It's pretty clear what some coast Democrats don't want to see.

"Oh, I don't want to see personal insults," said Lea Campbell, a Clinton supporter. "I don't want to see name calling. That's a complete turnoff for me.

"No name calling. I believe the American public should be above name calling. I want to see more about what they plan to do. First, the veterans. Second, education. Third, healthcare. Those are my concerns," added fellow Clinton supporter Jackie Washington

Audrey Stout, of Gulfport, has her content wish list as well.

"I'd really like to learn what we're going to do about health care problems, which we've created," Stout said. "How we're going to create more jobs. There are lot of people who are not able to get work, and they really need work."

The most viewed debate in American history, according to Nielsen, was the sole Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate in 1980. Nearly 81 million viewers tuned in.

Monday's debate, which begins at 8 p.m., can be seen on WLOX ABC and CBS.

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