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CNN's Axelrod: Trump 'may have ended his presidency' with debate performance

CNN's David AxelrodDavid AxelrodWhat a Biden administration should look like Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions CNN's Axelrod on Biden debate performance: 'If you're ahead and you get a draw, you win' MORE argued that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE "may have ended his presidency" on Tuesday night due to his combative debate performance in Cleveland, with the former chief strategist also questioning whether Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE should show up for the next debate scheduled for Oct. 15. 

“I think Donald Trump may have ended his presidency tonight,” Axelrod said during CNN's post-debate coverage.

Biden called Trump a racist at one point, a clown several times and also told the president to shut up when Trump interrupted him.

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The president responded by questioning Biden's intellect while continually broaching Biden's son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Moscow, China and Ukraine.

"The Axe Files" host, who also served as former President Obama's chief campaign strategist, floated the idea that Biden should consider not debating Trump for the final two contests in October.

"I think Biden has a decision to make," he said.

"I don’t think the country will be yearning for these," he later added. "You know what will happen if Biden says he doesn’t want to dignify another debate? I don’t think the country wants another one of these spectacles.”

CNN's Dana Bash called the first presidential debate a "shitshow" on national television on Tuesday night, with the chief political correspondent also apologizing for being crude in describing the 90-plus-minute combative event that included multiple interruptions and personal insults.

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"I'm going to say it like it is. That was a shitshow. We’re on cable. We can say it. Apologies for being crude," Bash said. "But that is really the phrase I’m getting from people on both sides of the aisle on text, and the only phrase I can think of to describe it. I couldn’t agree with you more. The people who have been hurt the most by that are the people who are genuinely looking to see what each candidate stands for and who they should vote for.“

Colleague Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperFeehery: The best and the brightest Trump is cruising for a bruising Meadows doubles down on White House pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' MORE referred to the evening as "a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck."

The debate, hosted by Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Fox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Republican National Committee chair warns of 'most progressive, radical takeover of our country' if Biden wins MORE, took place at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at Case Western Reserve University’s health education campus.      

The next presidential debate takes place on Oct. 15 in Miami, with C-SPAN's Steve Scully moderating.