Local Democrats and Republicans react to debate and presidential race so far

The third Democratic Debate for the Presidential 2020 Election aired on NewsWatch 12 Thursday evening. Oregon-District 2 Indivisible held a watch party at the Grape Street Bar and Grill.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 11:41 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 11:18 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The third Democratic Debate for the Presidential 2020 election aired on NewsWatch 12 Thursday evening. One local group, Oregon-District 2 Indivisible, held a watch party at the Grape Street Bar and Grill.

Roughly 20 people came to the event — all of them intently watching the bar's TVs in hopes of finding their ideal candidate and someone to defeat President Trump as he seeks re-election.

"It's a sad day for the American people to have someone like that in a position to represent the country as a whole," said Marina McCambridge who attended the event. "Trump has not been for the people and for us to continue celebrating and supporting a white supremacist in the White House shows very poor character for our country."

"It's scary in this world," added Cadilina Deville. "I feel if he gets four more years, people in my position and other minorities will face other consequences." 

The Vice Chair for the Jackson County Republican Party didn't attend the watch party and didn't intend on watching Thursday's debate. She said she didn't think the candidates would say anything different from what they've already said during the last two debates. She believes President Trump has done a great job over the last two years and the other side of the political aisle has spent too much time attacking him.

"I marvel that he's accomplished what I think he's accomplished with all of that opposition," added Vice Chair Robin Lee. "I don't think anyone who didn't love this country passionately could tolerate the attacks of the losing side, i.e. the Democrats. I think the past two years have been nothing short of amazing. In my lifetime, I have never seen the losers assault the winner in such a fashion as the Democrats have gone after President Trump."

Deville thinks the candidates didn't actually attack President Trump's beliefs enough tonight.

"I wish they would start talking about how to attack Trump instead of bickering with each other," Deville added. "The direction of our country is downright scary, especially for minorities. Any glimmer of hope is super important right now."

Lee said she'll start paying more attention to the Democratic candidates when the primaries come around.

"If the Democrat who was running for office was proposing socialism, I would never vote for it. I would campaign against just the whole issue," Lee said.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans said it is still too early to tell which Democrat will be running against President Trump in 2020.

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