Local GOP Gathers For Debate Watch Party

Members of the Republican Party of Los Alamos gather Monday evening at a watch party for the first Presidenticial Debate of the Gerneral Election season. The watch party was at the Zia Realty Group offices at 15th and Central owned by local GOP 1st Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local GOP members gather Monday evening for a debate watch party at the Zia Realty Group offices in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP News:

Members of the Republican Party of Los Alamos gathered Monday evening for a Presidential Debate watch party at the Zia Realty Group offices owned by local GOP 1st Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski.

The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) released the following statement on Monday evening’s first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump:

“Donald Trump continually pointed out in the debate tonight that Hillary Clinton has had every opportunity in the past 30 years to support the policies that will improve the lives of everyone in America, and yet 30 years later still nothing has changed,” RPNM Chair Debbie Maestas said in the statement. “This election is about which candidate can exhibit the strength and vision needed to make America great again and Donald Trump is that candidate.”

NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt moderated the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Wright State University in Ohio was originally scheduled to host the debate but withdrew due to budget issues.

Monday night’s debate was divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics selected by the moderator and announced at least a week before the debate. The moderator opened each segment with a question, after which each candidate had two minutes to respond. Candidates then had an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator used the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Vice Presidential Debate Oct. 4

The Vice Presidential Debate comes next with vice presidential candidates Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. The moderator is Elaine Quijano with CBS News.

The Vice Presidential Debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Second Presidential Debate Oct. 9

The second Presidential Debate is Sunday, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Moderators include Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and Co-Anchor of “This Week” on ABC, Martha Raddatz and CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper.

The second Presidential Debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderators based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Presidential Debate Oct. 19

The third Presidential Debate is Oct. 19 with moderator Anchor Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev. The format for the third debate will be identical to the first presidential debate.

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