Recap Of The Third And Final Presidential Debate

Recap Of The Third And Final Presidential Debate

The important highlights from the final presidential debate.

As has been the case with most of the events during this election season, the majority of last night’s debate seemed to be a competition to see who could talk the loudest into their microphone while someone else was also talking loudly into their microphone. However, under all of the squabbling, there were small (like, very small) nuggets of actual substance and policy. I’ve taken the liberty of cutting through all the fighting to lay out the candidate’s stated policies.

The Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace, divided the debate into several topics, asking the candidates to answer specific questions related to those issues. Although both candidates frequently strayed from the intended topic, the main points of discussion were the U.S. Supreme Court, immigration reform, the economy, fitness to serve as president, foreign hotspots, and the national debt.

The U.S. Supreme Court

"Where is the court going to take the country?" and "How should the Constitution be interpreted?"

Hillary Clinton believes that the U.S. Supreme Court should stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the wealthy corporations. She says that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up for the rights of the LGBTQ community and that will say no to Citizens United. Clinton does not want to overturn the decision for marriage equality. She would also defend the decision of Roe v. Wade and will defend Planned Parenthood, and by extension, women's rights to be in control of their own healthcare. She would appoint a Supreme Court Justice that would stand up for the rights of people in the workplace.

In terms of Constitutional interpretation, Clinton wants the Senate to confirm the Supreme Court Justice nominee Obama has chosen. She respects gun ownership under the 2nd Amendment and wants to make it clear that she is not trying to take back anyone's firearms. All "common sense regulations" that she would impose do not conflict with the 2nd Amendment.

Donald Trump says that he has 20 pro-life, conservative nominees lined up that will uphold the 2nd Amendment because it “is under siege.” He opposes any limitations on assault weapons and plans to create a Supreme Court that will reflect the same beliefs. Trump would also like to elect justices that would overturn the decision of Roe v. Wade, planning to leave it up to individual states to decide the fate of women’s healthcare, independently of the federal government.

He believes that the Constitution should be interpreted the way that the founders intended it to be.


“How do you plan to secure our borders?”

Donald Trump still plans to build a wall to keep out future illegal immigrants from Mexico. He says that the U.S. needs stronger borders to protect the American people from illegal immigrants bringing drugs and murdering U.S.citizens. He also cited illegal immigrants as contributing to the rise in the use of heroin in New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton says that America doesn’t have the massive law enforcement presence required to find and deport all of the undocumented immigrants in this country like Donald Trump wants to do. She would prefer to allocate resources to deporting violent illegal immigrants and would offer amnesty and a path to citizenship for peaceful immigrants. She has voted for tighter border security while serving in the Senate. She also attacked Trump for using undocumented immigrants (and underpaying them) to build Trump Tower.

The Economy

“Why will your plan create more jobs?”

Hillary Clinton “When the middle class thrives, America thrives.” Clinton wants to create the biggest job program since World War 2. She plans to fight climate change by creating new jobs in the clean energy industry. Under her administration, the minimum wage will be raised to lift more workers out of poverty. She also plans to eliminate the gender wage gap. Clinton will to create a more technical education and make apprenticeships more prominent in adolescent education. She wants to make college debt-free for families by subsidizing costs with tax revenue collected from wealthy corporations.

She will not raise taxes for families making $250,000 or less per year. Hillary would also employ a trade prosecutor to monitor global trade deals.

Donald Trump thinks that foreign countries we protect should be paying the U.S for that protection. He will renegotiate trade deals to create more free trade, and to bring internationally outsourced jobs back to the homeland. He plans to cut taxes and make the general public pay for college tuition.

Fitness to be the Next President of the United States

“What do you have to say about the recent allegations of sexual assault?”

Donald Trump said that the women that have accused him of sexual assault were actors who were paid by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He claims that these women only came forward for their “10 minutes of fame.” Trump says that there are taped recordings of Obama and Clinton hiring people to incite violence at his rallies.

Hillary Clinton cited multiple examples of Trump speaking in a derogatory way about women by targeting their appearances. She wants the American people to stand up, celebrate our diversity, and show Trump what we expect from our next president.

Foreign Hotspots

“If Iranian Mosul is successful in pushing out ISIS, what happens the day after?” and “Will you put U.S. troops into the vacuum hopefully created by the absence of ISIS to prevent further similar groups from forming?”

Hillary Clinton will not support putting U.S. soldiers in Iraq as an occupying force. She acknowledges that taking back Mosul will be a hard fight, and wants to continue to press into Syria to keep fighting. Hillary would also push for a no-fly zone over Syria and wants to meet with other world leaders to have serious negotiations to end the ongoing war.

She wants to focus more attention on the prominent threat of domestic terrorism and plans to prohibit people on the no-fly list from buying weapons. Clinton also plans to thoroughly vet Syrian refugees before they are let into the country.

Donald Trump thinks we need to stop discussing our plans to combat terrorism because it makes the terrorist groups feel the need to prove themselves, which causes heightened violence. He says that we’ve made it easy for Iran to take over Iraq, but didn’t offer a plan for the future.

National Debt

“Why are both of you ignoring the debt problem?” and “Would you as president make a deal to save Medicare and Social Security before they run out of money that would include tax increases and benefit cuts?”

Donald Trump is going to create “tremendous jobs,” which he claims will raise the GDP from 1% to 4%. He thinks that the people in control of our nation’s finances are “hacks.” Donald plans to create a more efficient “economic machine” that will send people back to work and help companies expand.

Trump wants to repeal and replace Obamacare because it is destroying businesses of all sizes.

Hillary Clinton has allocated funding for every aspect of her economic plan without adding anything to the national debt. She is going to “go where the money is,” taking money from the “corrupt wealthy class” and growing the economy through investing in the middle class.

Hillary would raise taxes on the wealthy to contribute more to the Social Security trust fund. She would ensure that we have sufficient tax revenue to fund Medicare and Social Security or raise the spending cap.

Closing Statements

Hillary Clinton will stand up for American families in the face of large corporations. She wants to ensure that everyone has access to good jobs with rising incomes and that families are guaranteed quality education from preschool through college.

Donald Trump is going to "make America great again.” He wants to take care of war veterans and also aims to bring law and order to the inner cities to help the African American and the Latino populations.

Cover Image Credit: CNN

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.


There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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