Along with most other Americans, the area’s top political leaders watched Monday night’s presidential face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – and formed their own opinions, too.
Two of those political chiefs, Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy and Mayor Byron W. Brown, the state Democratic chairman, attended the event at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
Here is a summary of what they saw, and how they view the results on Tuesday:
Brown: “It was a clear win for Hillary Clinton. Her performance in tonight’s debate serves as further proof that no one is more qualified to serve as president of the United States of America than Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton will build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top. She believes that we are stronger when we lift each other up so that we all have the opportunity to play a role in creating America’s future.”
Langworthy: “Donald Trump articulated in the debate why he is the sole candidate that understands how to return jobs and restore manufacturing in the United States. This is critically important for Western New York that has been hurt terribly by NAFTA and other unfair Clinton trade deals.
“Hillary Clinton rolled out her scripted, rehearsed zingers, sound bytes and lies. But, most importantly it’s clear that she’s fighting for an agenda that includes one of the biggest tax increases in the nation’s history and more regulations that will kill jobs.
“The American people and particularly Western New Yorkers are starving for bold leadership in the White House. They are not looking for a 30 year career politician that has lied to the American people time and time again.”
“The national pundits will never admit it but Donald Trump has connected with the American people and he spoke loud and clear to them in the debate. We need a president that has an understanding of finance and money to restore our economy. Donald Trump is that leader.”
Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner did not attend the debate, but issued this statement: “Tonight, Secretary Clinton showed the character and temperament Americans want and need in the White House at a time of great challenges at home and abroad. Donald Trump’s reckless, divisive rhetoric and disregard for facts and truth were also on full display. We have never been prouder to stand with Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign.”