The hype was immense but as usual, the actual event didn’t live up to the publicity. Trump was Trump and Hillary was Hillary. Trump hit some key points but seemed to ramble and became defensive. Hillary had a very condescending smirk most of the time. She spoke about policy but if anyone was paying attention it was a policy that has failed. Trump missed some major opportunities. The biggest was on the cyber security question. Why Trump didn’t hit her with something like, “please don’t tell us about security when you exposed classified material on your illegal server.” He missed it. Hillary had her talking points and was very good at getting back to them quite often. In other words, she was a prepared as she could be. Trump was off his game.
In the end though how was it seen by the viewers? Well, it’s too early to tell although many are calling it a draw.
I also saw it as a draw but leaning towards Clinton. While most of what she said was complete nonsense, she didn’t flinch and Trump was a bit too defensive