Key Points from the first two Presidential Debates
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By now, most Americans have watched both Presidential Debates and many are wondering what will happen at the final debate. Here are the key points from both debates.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are the center of attention in America. Two days before the second presidential debate, a controversial conversation with Donald Trump and Billy Bush then of “Access Hollywood” was leaked to media. Trump can be heard bragging in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with a married woman during the conversation. This scandal has led to polls not favoring Donald Trump and NBC firing Billy Bush from the morning talk show Today (he joined the show in August of this year).
During the second debate, Trump apologized for his behavior. He called the conversation “locker room talk” and said none of what he has said reflects who he is. Clinton had a swift response to those claims saying, “Trump is not fit to run the country based on this behavior”. She went onto talk about Trumps past of publicly degrading women on TV and Twitter.
Clinton addressed many issues in both debates. The issues were healthcare, the economy, terrorism, cyber security, oil, the Middle East, tax reform, immigration, and innovation, Syria, appointing the new Supreme Court justice, climate change and energy. She wants to keep The Affordable Healthcare Act and make some changes to make it better. Infrastructure in America she believes will help create jobs. She wants to defeat the terror group ISIS with a coalition of Muslim nations by working with NATO. Raising taxes on the wealthy is important in her mind. She thinks banning Muslims from coming into America is “dangerous.” She mentions Russia often, citing the country as a threat to America and cyber security. Improving energy and coal mines are an important part of her plan to create jobs. She wants to heal the country and bring everyone together. Clinton is committed to helping the Latino community; she mentioned that she would helped Latino voters in Texas.
Trump, was abruptly told throughout both debates by the moderators to answer the questions being asked. He did not have a clear and concise plan on many issues. He remained adamant throughout both debates about releasing his tax returns when his audit is complete. During the second debate, he admitted for the first time that he did not pay federal income tax. He took advantage of a loophole in a tax provision.
He sniffled a lot throughout both debates and appeared to be agitated with the moderators. He kept asking the moderators why they kept cutting him off. He interrupted Clinton often and for the first time, stated that if he gets elected President, he is going to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s email scandal.
Trump, mentioned African Americans in both debates. He insisted that African Americans are not doing well in the inner cities. He blamed the education system and used the word “disaster” to describe Hillary Clinton’s failure to fulfill promises that she made to African Americans. He is keen on restoring ‘law and order” to combat crime across the United States. He wants to bring back “stop and frisk”, a policing tactic that was ruled unconstitutional. Trump blamed China for the loss of jobs in America and wants to end outsourcing. Clinton and Trump agree that the terror group ISIS is in fact a problem but each took a different stance on Russia. He said Russia is bombing ISIS and killing them. He has absolutely no interest in keeping The Affordable Healthcare Act. He thinks it’s a “complete disaster” and is going put America in more debt.
The final question in the first debate, both candidates were asked if they will accept the outcome of the election. Hillary stated, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” Mr. Trump responded to this question with, in his words, “I want to make America great again!” and surprisingly, said he will support Hillary if she does indeed win.
In the second debate, each candidate was asked to identify a positive attribute about their opponent in the final question. Hillary said she respected Trumps children. Trump, called Hillary a “fighter” and said “she doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up.” He said he considers those to be very good traits.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. The conversation will in fact continue.