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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
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DebateNight At BungalowBar
ByDanGuarino
AtypicalMondaynight inRock-
away. About a dozen friends and
new acquaintances gathered at
the Bungalow Bar for cold drinks,
good food and the main event on
the big screen TV’s.
“It’s like Pacquiao vs May-
weather,” one man said. Like
that title fight, two contenders
took turns and traded jabs, try-
ing to land a blow. The contest
alternately earned the cheers or
groans of the bar crowd.
In this case contenders were
known as Trump and Clinton.
The title fight was for the Presi-
dency of the United States.
The night was hosted by Mike
Scala, a legislative aide to State
Senator James Sanders and for-
mer Congressional candidate
himself.
Presidential candidates Hillary
Clinton and Donald Trump met
for their first debate, broadcast
live from Hofstra University in
Hempstead.
“It was a last minute thing,”
Scala told the Rockaway Times
during the event. “The idea was
to get people together, get them
talking. Get them talking about
the issues.”
As the candidates sparred over
the economy, trade, taxes, job
creation, business and so on, the
audience offered a running com-
mentary.
“I wonder if there is a line on
this in Las Vegas?” one person
said.
But about 50 minutes in ‘party’
goerspaid lessattentiontothede-
bate and began talking amongst
themselves.
“They don’t feel that either
candidate is really speaking to
their needs, their concerns,” Scala
Continued on page 42