Clin­ton-Trump de­bate was in­con­clu­sive

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Roz El­lis Heid, Bal­ti­more

As one of the mil­lions who watched the Clin­ton-Trump de­bate, I can­not pick a winner (“Clin­ton, Trump sup­port­ers view de­bate through lens of a long cam­paign,” Sept. 26)

My over­all re­ac­tion to the “de­bate of the cen­tury” was sad­ness. Is this the best we can do? Don­ald Trump’s ar­gu­ments about our na­tion’s future were on target. I too am wor­ried about jobs leav­ing the coun­try.

I also de­plore our self-ap­pointed role of world po­lice­man. And I am aware of the Third World con­di­tion our in­fra­struc­ture is in. Yet I worry Mr. Trump will hit a brick wall of ap­a­thy and in­er­tia if he is elected pres­i­dent.

Hil­lary Clin­ton dis­turbs me, and so does her Clin­ton Foun­da­tion. I’ve read parts of “Clin­ton Cash” by Peter Sch­weizer and was numb with dis­gust. Any­one who en­joyed the honor of be­ing a U.S. sec­re­tary of state had no busi­ness run­ning a sep­a­rate, out­side or­ga­ni­za­tion to en­rich her­self.

As much as I ad­mire Mr. Trump’s ideas to “make Amer­ica great again,” the ha­tred he’s gen­er­ated is hor­ri­fy­ing. I stood out­side the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter when he spoke and was ap­palled by the anti-Trump fury. It was fright­en­ing.

The am­biva­lence I felt af­ter the de­bate dis­turbed me. Hope­fully dur­ing the next round, Mr. Trump will have re­cov­ered from his cold and Ms. Clin­ton will have found some orig­i­nal ideas, not the just same old tired pre­cepts.

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