Trump praises his 'successful' debate performance

President Donald Trump reviewed his debate performance against Democrat Joe Biden, saying he thought it was "very, very successful" and called it an "exciting night." The president also predicted a win Nov. 3, predicting a "great red wave." (Oct. 23)

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DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, I think last night was very, very successful. We've gotten great reviews, great polls, great everything. And I had won 91 to-- 91% to nine. That's good. But no, it was an exciting night. A tremendous audience-- I understand, bigger than they even thought. And it was certainly an exciting night.

- You seemed much more calm and measured at the podium. How much of that was you kind of trying to change your strategy? Or was that you wanting to play by the debate commission's rules? What were you kind of-- was going through your mind? Because you didn't seem to jump out like in your first debate.

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah. I think the other's more effective in terms of business and life, the first one. I thought I did great. There are certain groups of very aggressive people that loved the first debate. But I think this was better. This is obviously a more popular way of doing it. And no, I think, you know, I wanted to play by the rules. I felt very strongly about it. It's two different styles. I'm able to do different styles, you know, if you had to. But this seemed to be much more popular.

- Would you do another debate?

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, but I don't think there's any reason. I think we're leading in a lot of states that you don't know about. Your pollsters may be-- may be the worst there are, by the way.

- Do you stand by your statement that you take responsibility for the pandemic that you said last night, sir?

DONALD TRUMP: I always take responsibility, and I've done a great job. And the people around me have done a great job. Just like these people have done a great job, the pandemic people, what they've done for ventilators and for equipment and for stocking governors that had absolutely nothing-- they had nothing on their shelves, and we stocked them. And those governors, if they're honest, they'll tell you we've done the best job they've ever seen. I've had governors say it's one of the best jobs they've ever seen anybody do on anything.

And that's OK. But I think we're going to win. And I think if you start looking at what's happening in these states and the votes that are coming in and the amount of votes that are coming in-- and the great red wave hasn't hit yet. That hits in a few days. It's going to be a great red wave like you've never seen before. You're going to have a wave like you've never seen before. It's going to be all red, and it's going to be a thing of beauty. Have a good time, everybody. Thank you.

- All right, guys. Let's go.

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