Presidential Debates Wrap-Up

By Victoria Robertson on October 25, 2016

It’s official, this awful presidential election season is almost to a close, and that means the last presidential debate to help us determine which candidate we hate the least has finally happened.

So what does this mean for college students? Or rather, the entire nation in general?

It means that you should have probably tuned in, especially since there has been a lot of controversy (shocking) between the last debate and this one, and this was your chance to get some final answers (or lack thereof) before making your decision for the election.

So what if you did not watch the debate? Here’s what you need to know.

When and where?:

The debate took place Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. EST at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Like the other debates, this one lasted too long and no one said anything of substance. Just kidding … kind of.

The debate ran for a full hour and a half, ending at 10:30 p.m. EST without any commercial breaks whatsoever (so at least there’s that).

The debate aired on all major cable networks (ABC, NBC, FOX etc.).

Who was there?:

The bad news? Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were present. The good(?) news, so was a FOX moderator. Chris Wallace, to be exact. He’s the anchor of Fox News Sunday and has won three Emmys as an anchor, so he’s got the credentials to back him.

He has also covered most political events for the station and has done interviews with President Barack Obama as well as past president Bill Clinton (this interview was “famously testy,” so it was going to be interesting to see how he would handle this debate). Viewers knew he was not going to deal with any shenanigans at the final debate.

What were the issues?:

The format of the debate ran a lot like the first, in that there were six, 15 minute segments that covered topics that Wallace picked: Immigration (to wall, or not to wall?), Entitlements and Debt, the Supreme Court (and the Justice spot that needs to be filled), the Economy (our debt largely), Foreign Policy, and fitness to serve as President.

So now that the debate is over, should you look up some highlights?

Yes, because for one thing, Wallace did not take it easy on either candidate, so tuning in just for that fact is a good idea (have the alcohol ready). Also, the topics of choice were not the only things covered, as there’s plenty of controversy to go around on both sides.

As we move closer to November, you can look forward to the following:

For Trump, the likelihood of his crude comments (and possibly actions) against women will likely continue to stifle the issues at hand, especially as women continue to come forward while he denies any wrongdoing.

For Clinton, be prepared to hear more about those emails, especially since there appears to be quite a bit of information that’s been covered up (more than we thought) which isn’t good for her trustworthiness. She’s acting like a true politician, and that’s not a good thing.

You can also continue to expect to hear what makes each candidate unfit for presidency as told by the other. However, what you likely won’t hear is any indication as to why either candidate would be a good fit for the presidency. Go figure.

That being said, this coming election season, go in with an open mind, weigh the pros and many cons, and pay attention to the issues at hand as much as humanly possible. The truth is, one of these candidates will be president come November, so be as informed as possible before heading into that voting booth!

Again, this was the last presidential debate that you’re going to have to sit through for a while, so if you missed it, try to find some highlights, no matter who you are/aren’t voting for.

For one thing, you’ll have a better idea what they’re talking about in the reenactment on Saturday Night Live, but for another thing, this is one of the most important, talked about and controversial presidential elections ever, and you can bet it’s going to be in the history books some day.

So, what are your thoughts on watching these two duke it out for the commander in chief title? Let us know in the comments.

Good luck, America, you’re going to need it.

Victoria is a dedicated writer who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She currently writes freelance pieces for various sites and works in Marketing for Myndbee Inc., promoting their current mobile app, Picpal.

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