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Who will win tonight’s debate? What does it matter?



Tonight, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will meet in the first debate of the 2024 presidential contest. Experts tell us this is an important moment, an unprecedented yet familiar meeting that could determine who the country hires for the next four years. Typically, these debates are won by the candidate that appears more presidential, but this is not a typical race. I mean, when the debate is over, how will we know who won? If Sleepy Joe stays awake the whole time, is he the winner? If he doesn’t fall off the stage, or passes a drug test Trump wants him to take? Will Biden be declared the winner if Trump mocks more disabled people? Or complains about the water pressure in his shower? Or if the Orange Man suffers a Guliani hair-dye incident? Or just starts rambling and acts like he wants to choke somebody? Chances are when the debate is done, Republicans will declare Trump the winner and Democrats will claim Biden won. It seems unlikely anyone will change how they plan to vote based on the performance of their candidate in tonight’s debate. Which makes us wonder, for this Presidential debate, what is the point?

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. nick

    June 27, 2024 at 6:36 am

    Two habitual liars on stage at the same time.
    Biden has the edge since CNN is blatantly biased for Biden and against Trump.
    The moderators will protect Biden as best they can.
    What a sham.

  2. Tom

    June 27, 2024 at 8:41 am

    When someone believes their team will not win the next game against who they are playing, they will tell others, “What does it matter?”

    • walden

      June 27, 2024 at 3:07 pm


  3. Lucenut

    June 27, 2024 at 10:53 am

    Trump is going to mop the floor with Brandon, and the 2 CNN hacks. And YES it matters. Polling is showing an extraordinary number of undecideds currently around 16%. Plus it will just be fun to see Trump destroy someone. I miss that.

  4. LG

    June 27, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    The point of any debate is for the American public to obtain some information about what they are “buying” in exchange for their vote. Elections in the United States have become like a sports championship. The duopoly selects its candidate no matter how misguided, or corrupt, or impaired those chosen have become. All other competition is eliminated, including former Democrats like RFK, Libertarians, and even other suitable candidates within the two major parties. We are then left with two lousy choices, although one of them is much better than the other. We have media spin, selective news coverage, omissions or non coverage of negative info, and out and out lies. The point of this debate SRS will be to get some inkling of what we are getting through direct observation of the two men So the public has some inkling of what they are “buying” when selecting one candidate over the other.

  5. LG

    June 27, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    By the way, the Correct way to phrase it when speaking about those with disabilities is to refer to them as persons with disabilities. To clarify, they are people first who are living with One or more disabilities. Referring to them as disabled people implies their entire self is disabled.

  6. walden

    June 27, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    Above WIZM drivel is how Dems want us to thing of it.

    That is, pay no attention to inflation, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, war in middle east, war in europe, failed modern monetary theory, tranny madness, military shrinking and lacks readiness, failed public schools, bail-out of borrowers by taxpayers, tax increases, can’t afford an apartment much less a home, can’t afford an auto, deep state conspiring to upset elections, etc. all brought to you by Dems.

    But Shaw brings up “orange man” bad. What a pathetic tool Shaw is and shame on WIZM for letting this farce continue.

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