Metro voters attend gatherings across area to hear Clinton, Trump square off in first presidential debate

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than 300 people packed the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum to watch the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the biggest battle yet between the two presidential candidates.

The crowd watched as the candidates discussed topics like their vision for America, national security and job creation.

There were some quiet moments, some laughing and some clapping, as the crowd reacted to the statements, quips and back-handed comments thrown by both candidates.

When it was all said done, FOX 4 found voters supporting Trump, Clinton and some who are still undecided:

“I think that she is rattled because he is quick-witted with facts. He is not afraid to go and speak against anyone that is judgmental and that is Donald Trump. He speaks from his heart and off the cuff and I think that`s what we`re looking for,” said Stephanie Skinner, who supports Trump.

“I see Trump putting in a lot of one-word statements that are just so immature and I think we all kind of knew it was going to turn this way, but here we are and I think Hillary is doing a really great job. She`s trying her best to try and respond to those juvenile responses in a logical and diplomatic way and I think she`s doing pretty well with it,” said Clinton support Lauren Thompson.

“It`s kind of devolved into what we expected, a lot of mudslinging. Which as a person who is kind of undecided, actually leaning away from the two-party system, it`s kind of sad to see,” said undecided voter Kristofer Borden.

One thing most people agreed on is that they plan to do their own in-depth research on the issues, and not base their vote solely on what was said Monday night.

In Grandview, FOX 4's Dave D'Marko was on hand as Hot 103 Jamz hosted an event, saying they wanted to make sure their listeners were engaged in the political process. And they were certainly on the edge of their seats when Clinton talked about how race remains a difficult challenge in our country, determining levels of education and how people are treated in criminal justice system.

Her cheers were met with jeers for Trump when asked about recent police shootings, he answered saying he had the Fraternal Order of Police's endorsement and what we need is law and order.

"You still have to show people why they should vote for you, it just shouldn`t be black people we have to vote Democrat because we vote Democrat, you have to show this is what I am going to do you, this is what will benefit for you, your policies have to make a difference for everyone, because we are the United States of America," KPRS' Julee Joenz said.

The event also featured a voter registration drive.

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