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“Maybe he should have had some Mountain Dew” Missouri’s Congressional delegation sounds off about presidential debate

Some people might have been on the fence prior to Thursday night’s debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. For others, the debate might have sealed their decision on who they will vote for as the nation’s commander-in-chief.

The 90-minute debate was hosted by CNN. Jake Tapper and Dana Bash were the moderators.

A variety of topics were covered, including abortion, immigration, taxes, January 6th rioters, foreign policy, and even their golf game.

Several Missouri politicians did not waste time going on X to give their two cents.

“This will end up being the only debate. No way Democrats agree to another one unless it’s with their replacement. When Kamala Harris debates President Trump on September 10th, I hope she’ll be more coherent for the sake of the country,” said Sen. Eric Schmitt.

“Maybe he should have had some Mountain Dew,” said Congressman Eric Burlison, R-7th District.

“We cannot afford four more years of Biden’s blunders,” said St. Louis area Congresswoman Ann Wagner, R-2nd District.

“Total triumph for Trump. Tomorrow the clamor to replace Biden will be deafening,” said Sen. Josh Hawley.

“The clear winner of tonight’s debate was President Donald J. Trump. He was strong, resolute, and firm on his message. Most importantly, he was himself. The vision, results, and policies he laid out will be critical in putting our country back on track and getting the American government back to doing the business of the American people,” said Congressman Mark Alford, R-4th District.

In a statement from Biden’s campaign, Jen O’Malley Dillon said that Biden presented a positive and winning vision for the future of America – one in which every American has a fair shot at the American dream, where every one of our rights are protected, and where our president fights to strengthen our democracy – not to tear it down.

“On the other side of the stage was Donald Trump, who offered a dark and backwards window into what America will look like if he steps foot back in the White House: a country where women are forced to beg for the health care they need to stay alive. A country that puts the interests of billionaires over working people. And a former president who not once, not twice, but three times, failed to promise he would accept the results of a free and fair election this November.

“Trump’s performance tonight reminded the American people why they fired him four years ago, and reinforced just how high the stakes are this November for the future of our country.”

The Republican National Convention is July 15-18 in Milwaukee. The Democratic National Convention is August 19-22 in Chicago.

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