CT Democrats, Republicans react to Pres. Trump, Biden face-off in first debate


(WTNH) — Connecticut Democrats and Republicans held virtual watch parties for Tuesday’s presidential debate. Reactions from officials were posted online after it concluded.

The group Biden for President Connecticut held a virtual phone bank, where volunteers made calls to battleground states, ahead of the debate. Before the phone bank began, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin addressed those watching online.

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While the candidates battled it out in front of a handful of people in Cleveland, the rest of America watched, apart but, in some cases, together virtually. Quinnipiac was one of many universities holding virtual watch parties over Zoom. They discussed what the candidates said and responded to one another.

“We have had the government at its best, and right now, we have government at its worse,” said Bronin. “We have the chance to change that.”

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Later in the night, the group also held a virtual watch party.

Governor Ned Lamont was among those who spoke: “Who is the person? Is he a decent person? Someone who understands me? Someone who understands my values? Those are the values you’re looking for in this debate.”

“I encourage anybody — no matter what your beliefs are, no matter what your level of interest in politics are — to get involved,” said Ryan Miller, a graduate student at Quinnipiac University.

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