Local Democrats and Republicans prep for debate, question Trump's comments

Local Democrats upbeat about the debate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The anticipation for Sunday’s debate was high in Little Rock among both fans of Clinton in the state she called home for many years and people who want to take the White House away from the Democratic Party.

Sunday night, supporters gathered to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump duke it out in front of millions in their second debate. One common question lingered in the air; How would Trump explain his most recent comments?

Supporters of Trump said they want him held accountable. Trump supporter Luke Niles, President of the Central Arkansas Young Republican spoke out against the recent release of comments from Donald Trump. 

"We're looking for a reason to support him and all he is giving us right now are reason not to support him," Niles said. "It's on him tonight to show that he is presidential and qualified to be our candidate much less be the president of the United States."

Despite recent comments, Niles said Trump has brought energy and shed light on topics not discussed before.

Clinton supporters said they want more talk about policies and the plans of how both candidates will run the country, but more importantly they want Trump held accountable for his comments. They also claimed they received more information during the Vice Presidential debate than the first meeting between the two at the top of the ticket.

"The last presidential debate they didn’t really focus on issues too much it seemed like a lot of name calling," said Chad Jones, co-chair of Central Arkansas Brady Campaign. "So I am hoping in this one that they will really focus in on issues and actually talk about policies because that's what we haven’t heard much of in the last debate."

One thing is certain for both parties; they are not happy with Donald Trump's latest comments. Both voters and elected officials have been calling for Trump to end his campaign.

Only a few politicians from Arkansas have called for Trump to step aside. Representative Bruce Westerman and Senator Tom Cotton made claims that Trump should step aside albeit they said it in separate ways. Now that the debate has ended, we will see if more calls emerge in the next few days or if members of the GOP party come back to support Trump.


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