Alvin Balidemaj ’23 has a significant interest in United States politics. He created a podcast, Young Republican Minds, where he debates political issues with people of opposing viewpoints.
Balidemaj, a self-identified moderate conservative, was also unimpressed with the debate but believes that President Trump won.
“He really grabbed my attention,” Balidemaj said. “... [But] It was pretty sloppy from both sides. Even though I do think [Trump] won the debate, it wasn’t like he dominated it.”
Although he supports President Trump, Balidemaj doesn't believe that his performance was completely foolproof.
“[Trump’s] weakest point of the debate was the constant interrupting; I think if he let Joe Biden speak for the full two minutes, [Biden] would’ve stumbled over himself,” Balidemaj said.
Graphic by Kristina Chaney '23
The presidential debate scheduled to take place on Oct. 15 was canceled due to concerns about President Trump’s health since he contracted COVID-19. The debate scheduled for Oct. 22 is still being considered.