I missed nothing of value it would seem. Modern debates are not debates at all, nor are they even interesting. Instead they are mostly an attempt to obfuscate, and cloud the issues. Does anyone care about either candidates tax returns? Why? And the Birther issue? Why? So were any issues actually addressed in a methodical serious manner? No.
It would be much better to have the debates occurs through interrogatories. No President will ever make decisions alone in a vacuum while standing at a podium. Decisions are made in deep consult with the Presidents most trusted advisors, and experts in the issue, only then are policies evaluated, and after more consideration, become publicly promulgated policy.
Yet we persist in Debate Mano-a-Mano, er WoMano. Why? So we can see how close each candidate approximates an excellent comedian with the quick thrusting riposte? Mon Dieu!?
I want to know the actual policies these wankers will trot out, not whether Hillary can skewer Trump for his hair, or Trump can skewer Hill for her lying, conniving frauds.
Debate should happen primarily through the written form, it should be substantive, and the candidates should be allowed to pose about 1/3 of the question to their opponent. The questions asked will show more about the candidate then the answers given in this case, but this is a crucial part of the process.
The current process is some sort of malignant beauty pageant, where the moderator is a partisan hack fighting on the side of one candidate, commonly the ugliest. The outcome is close to valueless. That either candidate would sit for such falderal is perplexing. This simply wastes many days of preparation, and the day of the debate, for little value to anyone, the voters most of all.
Years ago I decided that I would never get this wasted time back, so I started to rebel, we all should. Stop. Watching. Presidential. Debates At least until they begin to have debates which are actually debates, and which inform.
I am not holding my breath.
I am not against person to person debates like we know today, and I think they do have the ability to provide real information, and the ability to evaluate the candidate personally under stress. However, we should see 2-3 of these style debates only after we see a serious policy debate through interrogatories which throughly explores the pertinent issues of the day. These issues should include discussions of past, present, and future policies, and positions, and should be sufficient to evaluate the each candidate vis-a-vis the core Presidential duties.