Radio Derb Transcript For October 14 Up: Debate And Speech, Etc.
October 19, 2016, 04:24 PM
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The transcript for the October 14 Radio Derb is up—go here to read or listen:

Debate and speech.     I apologize for not having much to say about the second candidates debate last Sunday. Again, the news cycle works against me here; by the time I sit down at the mike for Radio Derb, everything you could say about the debate has been said.

For the record, I think Trump carried it off very well. He was aggressive, but not bombastic. He interrupted Mrs Clinton just enough to put her off her stride, but not so much as to be an annoynace, like Tim Kaine in the Vice-Presidential candidates debate.

Let's hope our man is on an upward trajectory here: from disappointing in the first debate, to effective in the second, let's hope to dominant in the third.

If the news cycle was against us in that second debate, though, it worked just fine for Trump's Thursday speech in West Palm Beach, Florida.

It was a good angry speech, except that, as always, I wish we'd heard more on the National Question. Trump's mid-August policy paper on immigration, for example, promised that he would end birthright citizenship: a popular policy, with half to two-thirds of voters liking it, depending on how the question is framed. Why can't we hear more about that?

I'll take what I can get, though, and there were some gems in the speech. I thought this part came straight from the heart, and was quite moving:

[Clip:  This is our moment of reckoning as a society and as a civilization itself. I didn't need to do this, folks, believe me — believe me. I built a great company, and I had a wonderful life. I could have enjoyed the fruits and benefits of years of successful business deals and businesses for myself and my family. Instead of going through this absolute horror show of lies, deceptions, malicious attacks — who would have thought? I'm doing it because this country has given me so much, and I feel so strongly that it's my turn to give back to the country that I love.]
I think the guy's sincere; and I can't imagine saying that about Mrs Clinton, in any context at all.

I voted for Donald Trump in the New York primary in April. I look forward eagerly to voting for him again in November.