Students Express Opinions on Debate

This presidential election has been one of the most popular, or maybe unpopular would be more appropriate, in history.

On Sept. 26, the first presidential debate took place with Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

With a record-breaking 80 million viewers watching the first debate, the nation cannot keep its eyes away.

The two went back and forth for 90 minutes discussing their policies and throwing jabs at why their opponent was unfit to be commander in chief.

The candidates argued about taxes, jobs, trade, national security and social standings.

Dimond Junior Denali Bunker said, “I decided to watch the debate because I felt like I needed to involve myself in this election a little more. Even though I can’t vote, I feel like it’s my American duty to at least know about the candidates and what’s going on in my country at the moment.”

Junior Kenzie Lindemann said, “The debate just helped me understand what the candidates would actually do in certain situations. It also confirmed my ideas about the candidates.”

What was unusual was the banter about what each candidate has done in the past, making Americans question the credibility and reliability of our potential leaders.

Clinton’s emails and dealings as Secretary of State were brought up as well as Trump’s failure to release his tax returns even if under audit.

Dimond Junior Dru Keizer said, “Some of the accusations that have come up in the media really make you second guess your decisions. In this case, it really just comes down to voting for the lesser of the two evils. I’m personally glad that I’m unable to vote.”

Many promises were made by both of the political hopefuls.

Hilary promised 10 million new jobs, debt-free college, investment in the middle class and the raising of taxes on the wealthy.

She wants to invest in renewable energy and infrastructure as well as small businesses.

Trump plans on the “biggest tax cuts since Reagan” by reducing overall tax from 35 percent to 15 percent.

He wants to keep money in America and negotiate trade deals to stop countries from “stealing” the nation’s jobs and companies.

By doing this, he says he is going to create 25 million new jobs.

Trump even said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country,” and he plans to get rid of it.

Amongst the discussion of ideas, there was much squabbling and many interruptions of one another and the moderator, Lester Holt.

The debate was filled with accusations, almost like two children bickering over who hit whom.

Yet, one of these two individuals could become the president of the United States, the commander-in-chief of our nation, the face of our nation.

At the moment, policies aside, the behavior and overall presentation of each of the candidates does not present a hopeful case for either side.

Dolan Drury, a Dimond junior, said, “The debate made me realize that this election is all about pointing fingers and has gotten to the point of ‘vote for me because I’m not has bad as him/her.’”

Currently, the American public really does not know what to think.

Dimond Senior Almog Cohen said, “The debate did not change my opinion on the election. The two candidates for this election are both unfit to make decisions for the betterment of America.”

He continued saying, “I think many Americans remain undecided for two reasons. The first being that the two main candidates are not fit for the job. The second reason is that when people ask for the opinions of the people, they are only asking about Clinton and Trump, but I see a lot of votes going towards third-party candidates this year.”

In standing polls, Clinton and Trump are neck-and-neck with Clinton at 44 percent favored and Trump at 41 percent according to The New York Times Latest Election Polls 2016.

When it comes to the debate, it seems as if the public favored Clinton. In a poll by CNN post debate, she received a 62 percent win over Trump’s 27 percent.

However, the Google poll had the two more closely tied.

Clinton received a 52 percent and Trump a 48 percent favor.

Bunker said, “I think many Americans are undecided because they think it’s an impossible decision to vote for either Trump or Hillary. Some people, I think, are just so opposed to both of them that they think they don’t have a choice.”

Sooner or later, the American public will have to make a decision. The election date is Nov. 8 and is approaching quite rapidly.