US presidential debate: who won, was it any good, were there any surprises?

Five Irish Times journalists and commentators give their verdicts on the Ohio face-off

US president Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden clashed in a fiery and often chaotic first face-to-face debate ahead of the US election. Video: Reuters

Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent:

Was it a good debate?

By the traditional definition of a debate – a formal discussion where each side puts forward opposing arguments – the answer is a firm no. Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden, talking over his rival. The effect was disjointed and fragmented. Though he improved as the debate went on, moderator Chris Wallace struggled to keep control, and there was little room for substantive policy discussion.

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