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Hillary trumps Donald in first presidential debate - youth leaders

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:53 PM
Hillary Clinton, US Democratic presidential nominee

Dozens of Jamaican youth leaders in various sectors were unanimous on Monday evening in declaring that Hillary Clinton, the American Democratic presidential nominee beat her Republican rival Donald Trump in their first of three debates.

The event, held in New York was watched by millions of people around the world including youth leaders at a Dinner and a Debate Series put on by the United States Embassy in Kingston, Panos Caribbean and the 51%  Coalition.

Some of the young leaders spoke to The Gleaner after watching the debate:

Moya Markland, 23,
Jamaica Theological Seminary, Students' Council, treasurer:

"I believe Hillary won the debate. I think that Hillary's thoughts were more on point. She had a plan. Trump was more conflicting. Hillary had a stronger point on racism. She's a more experienced candidate. Trump was more problematic. Hillary has a better chance of winning."

Rashaun Watson, 23,
Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Jamaica Chapter representative:

"I came in with an unbiased perspective. I think Hillary won. She was more pragmatic in her approach. She had solutions to the various problems. Donald Trump didn't do a good job answering the questions. He had no plans."


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Alex Neil, 22, 
National Integrity Action, member:
"Hillary Clinton won the debate. She was clear with her ideas and ways going forward. In comparison to Donald Trump who made ambiguous comments as it relates to going forward. I'm however, disappointed with the two candidates as Hillary was mainly political with her responses which can pose a problem because politicians don't normally deliver based on history and Trump was just in his own little business world."

Sydney Ebanks, 19, UWI, Mona
United Nations Club, member:

"Hillary Clinton won. She spoke more on the issues and did not dwell on Donald slandering her. She made her points very well. She knew what she was about. She knows about the political system and [is] much more versed in the system. Trump was just trying to defend his comments."

Oral Lawson, 25,
Maverley Police Youth Club Council:

"I firmly believe Hillary Clinton won the debate. She answered her questions very well. She stuck to the point. She gave us very convincing facts. She also came across as being very human. I met her eye to eye."

Romario Prendergast, 24,
St Andrew Parish Secretary, People's National Party Youth Organisation:

"Hillary won. Donald Trump's points were pointless. His rebuttals were pointless. He was clearly bullying Hillary. He is yet to answer the questions of the hosts."