Local reaction to Clinton and Trump's first presidential debate

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Local reaction to the first presidential debate. (WPVI)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time Monday night.

An estimated 100 million viewers tuned in on television to watch the first presidential debate.

National security, jobs and taxes were some of the issues discussed.

Action News was in Ardmore, Pa. on Tuesday - a gateway to the key Philly suburbs - to gauge reaction there.

"I thought he was okay. I don't think he set the world on fire, but I think he was okay," said Kevin Magee of Drexel Hill. "Hillary, I think she did well too. I don't think they answered questions, I think they kind of skirted around some issues."

"I don't really have an opinion about Trump. I'm kind of ignoring him," said Avi Lauren Fox of Narberth. "I'm more of a Hillary fan for sure. I thought she did a great job."

"I think he did a great job, his performance was great," said Linda Lassiter of Newtown Square. When asked if Clinton impressed her, Lassiter said "only in negative way with her phoniness and her fakeness."

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time Monday night.

"It's obvious that he's a child, and he didn't behave well and, as always, didn't give us very many specifics," said Elise Cotler of Lower Merion.

Business owners around Philadelphia held Super-Bowl-style watch parties.

Action News found voters voicing very different opinions at a watch party at McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City.

"I think Hillary is really a great liar," said Carrie Cox of Houston, Texas.

"I think Donald Trump is just babbling as usual," said debate watcher Jill Snyder.

Twitter reported overnight that the Trump-Clinton match-up was the "most tweeted debate ever."

One out of five people said the debate would impact on their vote in November.
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