Margie Patchett: Hillary's personal attacks on Trump clouded debate

EDITOR'S NOTE: Margie Patchett, executive director of Volusia Tax Reform and a staunch supporter of Donald Trump for president, was asked to weigh in on the big debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here are her observations.

By Margie Patchett
Guest Columnist for Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- While #Iamadeplorable and support Donald Trump, I believe there were some missed opportunities last night. The American people deserved to hear a real debate on the issues, however, Hillary kept attacking Trump personally as that is the only way she thinks she can win is by personal attacks.

So let's get personal here.

While no one is perfect, this election is about the future of our country - either going to a socialist country or trying to maintain our Republic. The choices are clear. Let's talk about character. Where was Hillary when our ambassador was being dragged through the streets of Benghazi and being murdered? We never leave an American behind -- never! 

While no one is perfect, this election is about the future of our country - either going to a socialist country or trying to maintain our Republic. The choices are clear. Let's talk about character. Where was Hillary when our ambassador was being dragged through the streets of Benghazi and being murdered? We never leave an American behind -- never!

Yes, we had a secret CIA Base in Benghazi and were not suppose to be there. However, our citizens were asking for help to save their lives, not once but several times. The heroes of that night were given orders to stand down -- not once, but twice. Then the heroes went against orders.

CIA personnel were calling our bases requesting at the very least a fly over: We had F-16s stationed in Italy that could have been there in 30 minutes. Did they go? No! Where was Hillary? Well, the Wikileaks emails indicated she was emailing Chelsea on her private server.

Then the next day, Madam Secretary blamed a filmmaker of an islamist movie who was criminally charged. Really? This is not leadership. This is nonfeasance.

Then Hillary talks about the importance of cyber security~ Really? She preached to us, a woman who used a private server as opposed to her government email, while she was Secretary of State of the United States of America? Are you kidding me? Didn't she realize the importance of this when she decided to have a private server in her house and not use her government email? No reasonable person would ever do such a thing.

Now she may blame Colin Powell and say he did the same thing. I would suggest googling his response to same to find out what he thinks. The real question here is why Clinton wanted and indeed had a private server in her house? Either she is not a very bright person and doesn't understand how technology works or she did it purposely to hide something. What was she hiding?

As US Sen Marco Rubio states, Hillary Clinton is a candidate of yesterday.

She is a candidate of the last century, not the 21st century and she doesn't understand technology at all.

Let's go back further and talk about Hillary Clinton's time as a US senator from New York: 

• If she is such an advocate for children, then why did she, decades ago, represent a man charged with raping a child? And then bragged about how she got the charges dropped? If she was such an advocate for children, why didn't she submit bills as Senator to protect children of sexual abuse?

• Why didn't she submit bills to help our veterans? Instead she has voted to reduce our military spending. Our veterans should have the pay and benefits our senators do and our senators should have the pay and benefits our veterans have. Where were her bills she submitted as senator?

Bringing it back to here and now, I want a person that means what they say and says what they mean. For me, this is clearly Donald J. Trump. I don't want the political double talk of Hillary Clinton.

Bringing it back to here and now, I want a person that means what they say and says what they mean. For me, this is clearly Donald J. Trump. I don't want the political double talk of Hillary Clinton.

I want straight talk, whether we want to hear it or not. I want the truth from a candidate. I may not agree with a candidate 100 percent of the time, but as Ronald Reagan said, if he agrees with a politician 85 percent of the time, they are doing good.

Margie Patchett lives in Port Orange with her  husband, Stuart, and is operations manager at Adams Cameron Title Services in Daytona Beach. She is among the 200 entrants from Central Florida and beyond selected for the inaugural Headline Surfer Hall of Fame. 
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