While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were duking
it out on stage in St. Louis, in Spokane, a crowd
gathered at the Regal Cinemas at Northtown Mall to
watch the second presidential debate.
The theater hosted a free party for anyone who wanted
to attend. While many theater-goers were trying to
catch "The Girl On the Train" or "Birth Of A Nation,"
dozens wanted to see the debate on the big screen.
"I was hoping they were going to give out rotten tomatoes
or rotten eggs we could throw at the screen," Ann
Finke said with a laugh.
Finke and her daughter attended the watch party. Finke
said she would be rooting for Clinton.
"She's the lesser of the two evils. I don't like Trump
for the way he treats women, the way he talks about,
you know, minorities and all different kinds of things
like that," she said.
Like millions of Americans, Finke was eager to see
how Trump would respond to questions about the leak
of an 11-year-old video in which he makes graphic
and vulgar comments about women. Some felt he handled
those questions well, but others say it could be the
death of his campaign.
"I think that whatever Republicans are left that were
supporting him, I think they want to bail out," Finke
"I hope the public looks at what happened as it could
happen to any one of us, whether it's a job setting
an office setting, or riding in the car with each
other," said Don Fletcher, who also attended the watch
Attendees, as expected, also couldn't agree on who
won the debate.
Fletcher declared Trump was the winner.
"His answers were to the point and he answered them
very directly," he said.
Meanwhile, Rick Garringer said he would never vote
for Clinton, but didn't think The Donald came out
on top in Sunday night's debate.
"I don't think Trump did a very good job answering
too many of the questions. I think Hillary did a better
job answering the questions," Garringer said.