Miss the debate? Here’s what other Arizonans thought of it

Miss the debate? Here’s what other Arizonans thought of it

Roger Strassburg, of Scottsdale, Ariz., wears a cowboy hat as he watches the presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a debate watch party Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

By Camaron Stevenson

June 27, 2024

The first presidential debate Thursday night was predictably unpredictable, as both the former and current presidents made their cases for being the country’s commander-in-chief for the next four years.

Absent were the typical cheers from the crowd and bombastic interruptions that have become hallmarks of televised debates, as the campaigns of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed to nix the audience and give moderators power to silence the mic of one candidate when the other was speaking.

Biden and Trump, who is awaiting sentencing after being convicted on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, spoke about issues from a national perspective, ranging from the US economy to the US-Mexico border. Local elected officials and prominent groups were quick to point out differences between the candidate’s platforms, and how each would impact Arizona.

Here are some of the debate reactions from notable locals:


  • Camaron Stevenson

    Camaron is the Founding Editor and Chief Political Correspondent for The Copper Courier, and has worked as a journalist in Phoenix for over a decade. He also teaches multimedia journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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