In case you were too busy lamenting over the Toronto Blue Jays’ knockout from the ALCS, the third and final debate in the United States’ Presidential race took place last night. The 90-minute “dispute,” I will call it, took place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and was moderated by Chris Wallace, an anchor and political commentator for FOX News Sunday. Here at mPolitics we live-tweeted the debate, so we’ve rounded up a few of our key takeaways, most memorable soundbites, and our favourite tweets:
- Chris Wallace was calm, cool and collected: Chris Wallace had a very commendable performance as moderator last night – he was professional, investigative when necessary, and kept the candidates on-topic as best he could. See this article from Mashable, titled: “Everybody is completely in love with Chris Wallace’s debate performance.”
- Donald kept his composure: We were as shocked as anyone to see a composed Donald Trump for (almost) all of last night’s debate, and would argue it was his most successful attempt at appearing professional yet.
- Note: Use of the word ‘professional’ – not ‘presidential’
- Donald and Hillary have different political views on almost everything: Above, I described last night as a “dispute” rather than a “debate,” as it was clear to everyone who watched that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagree on almost everything. Rather than debating the merits and shortcomings of each candidate’s proposed policies, they seemed at times to simply dismiss, rather than deliberate, one another’s opinions.
- What did they talk about? Discussion topics included: abortion, appointments to the Supreme Court, immigration, the economy, foreign hot spots, each candidate’s “fitness to lead,” the national debt, and many more in-between, but you would be hard pressed to find any point of convergence between the two candidates.
- Rigged election: When asked whether he would accept the results of the election on Tuesday, November 8, Donald Trump said he would “wait and see.” Hillary Clinton and many others called these remarks “horrifying” and an affront to American democracy, of which the peaceful transition of power has been a longstanding hallmark.
- Closing remarks: Despite the two candidates not agreeing to provide closing statements in advance, Chris Wallace announced at the very end of the debate that they would be asked to provide impromptu closing statements, speaking to the American people about why they should be elected as President. In Hillary Clinton’s closing statement, she appealed to the masses, saying she is reaching out to “all Americans,” Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike, and vowed to stand up for families, stand against corporations, and work to make a better life for everyone. Donald Trump, in his closing remarks, emphasized his support for veterans and the military, the importance of maintaining “law and order,” and his vision to “Make America Great Again.”
- When discussing immigration, the social media world exploded after hearing this from Mr. Trump: “We have some bad hombres here.”
- When voicing her support for women on the issue of abortion, Hillary Clinton profoundly stated the following: “And I can tell you the government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, with medical advice. And I will stand up for that right.”
- “She gave us ISIS” – Donald Trump, pointing out (what he refers to as) Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy failures.
- When (arguing) over allegations of Russian espionage and Donald Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, both candidates had headline worthy commentary:
- Clinton: “He [Putin] would rather have a puppet for president … you encouraged espionage against our people.”
- Trump: “I don’t know Putin. This is not my best friend.”
- On the economy, Hillary reiterated her support for the middle class: “When the middle class thrives, everyone else thrives.”
- Trump, on whether he will accept the results of the election: “I will look at it at the time…I’ll keep you in suspense.”
- During Hillary Clinton’s closing statement, her final appeal to the American people was as follows: “I hope you will give me a chance to serve as your president.”
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Authored by: Emma McKay, Co-Founder and Editor at mPolitics