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Conservatives Agree: Trump 'Pressed Reset Button' in St. Louis

Conservatives Agree: Trump 'Pressed Reset Button' in St. Louis

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By    |   Monday, 10 October 2016 07:09 AM

National conservative activists agreed the presidential debate in St. Louis Sunday night provided a much-needed boost for Donald Trump's tumultuous campaign.

"Trump was on offensive on taxes, energy, Hillary's destruction of evidence, and Obamacare," Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told Newsmax shortly after the debate concluded. "One wonders why this has not been the center of the entire campaign."

"Trump won hands down," said Howard Kaloogian, national spokesman for the Tea Party Express. "He won on policy and on temperament. Trump demonstrated clarity in his attacks and policy prescriptions. Hillary looked like she was going to explode."

Kaloogian also had fun with Democrat Hillary Clinton's invoking Abraham Lincoln to explain controversial remarks in paid speeches that were just unveiled by WikiLeaks.

"The most ironic moment," he said, "was when she claimed to be like Honest Abe with a hidden policy agenda and a public position. She admitted learning her history from Spielberg, who did 'E.T.,' 'Jaws,' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.' Pure history all!"

Richard Viguerie, one of the founding fathers of the modern conservative movement, told us he felt "Trump pushed the reset button in tonight's debate. The presidential debate score Clinton 1-Trump 1."

Trump's performance against Clinton was, in Viguerie's eyes, "textbook."

"First, he gave a sincere and creditable apology. Then he took control of the debate and went on a 90-minute discussion of what he wants the campaign to be focused on for the next month. For those voters who don't like America's direction, they saw a person who was a credible alternative to [President Barack] Obama's third term."

Viguerie, considered the pivotal figure in the use of direct mail for conservative causes and candidates, said: "Tonight, Donald Trump conducted a tutorial on how to take control and win a debate."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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