Unphased by audio recording, Trump supporters praise debate performance

Did tonight's debate sway voters?

DALLAS -- After an unprecedented 48 hours in a presidential campaign, the Texas Women for Trump Coalition praised their candidate's debate performance Sunday night.

They met at Dunston's Steakhouse in Dallas, after a weekend full of talk about the lewd audio recording of the Republican nominee from 2005. All felt it included words that, while unpleasant, didn’t sound like a reason to not be President.

"I would like for him to maybe clear the air and apologize at the beginning," said Gina O'Briant. "And then I’d like for him to go straight to the issues."

An hour before Trump took the stage, they watched his press conference with women accusing Bill Clinton of assault and felt it only fair.

"Absolutely. Bill Clinton is no prude, Hillary Clinton is no prude and most of the people complaining are no prudes," said Kathleen Lieberman. 

Other Republicans disagree. Arizona Senator John McCain pulled his support of Trump this weekend. So did Texas Representatives Will Hurd of Southwest Texas and Kay Granger of North Texas.

Not this group. These women saw a candidate who wasn’t holding back.

"Perhaps the stress of this week or how he’s prepared, everything he’s speaking tonight is correct and that’s what we wanted to hear in the first debate," said Linda Churchwell.

They hope that is what undecided voters take away from the debate and not the cloud of scandal surrounding the campaign. 

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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