At long last! The first of the 2016 presidential debates is right around the corner, and the duel of words is expected to shatter viewing records.
Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally meet face-to-face.
With the unpredictable nature of the election cycle thus far, voters are left wondering: what in the world should we expect?
The 90-minute spectacle moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Monday September 26th at 9 p.m. EDT.
Holt announced Monday that the debate would be broken into three 30-minute intervals, each focusing on different topics: Securing America, the direction of America, and achieving prosperity.
While these topics have been criticized as vague and are still subject to change, we can make a few assumptions on what the candidates will be sure to include in their answers and rebuttals.
ISIS Blame Game
The topic of securing America will likely focus on immigration policies and how to fight Islamic terror — a strength of Trump’s.
With the recent terror attacks in New York and New Jersey, the fight against ISIS is more prominent than ever.
Each candidate has blamed the other for empowering ISIS, and will likely continue the blame game throughout the debate.
Immediately following the NY and NJ attacks, Clinton made a statement saying, “Donald Trump is being used as a recruiting sergeant for ISIS. The kind of language and rhetoric Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized Clinton and Obama for “diminishing the threat” that ISIS poses and avoiding the term ‘Islamic terror.’ In his foreign policy address in August, Trump said, “The Obama/Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran, which chants ‘Death to America,’ in a dominant position of regional power and in face aspiring to be a dominant world power.”
If theses shifts in blame continue during the debate, Trump can fall back on an elementary school lesson: Actions speak louder than words.
And Clinton’s specific actions can be said to have lent power to ISIS, while her only criticism of Donald is his rhetoric.
Trump has called for stricter immigration laws and vetting based on ideology, something Clinton uses to support her assertion of Trump’s bigotry. He criticizes her proposed welcoming policies, saying she, “refuses to consider an applicant’s worldview and thus their likelihood of being recruited into the terror cause.”
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Veterans, Police, and National Division
While talking about the Direction of America, each candidate will talk about the domestic issues recently plaguing our nation.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has been a huge advocate for Veterans, and one of the biggest critics of Veteran Affairs. He has said the organization is, “almost a corrupt enterprise,” and has stressed the issue of the lack of quality medical care we owe to our nation’s heroes.
While Hillary will undoubtedly say she wants to do everything in her power to help our nation’s heroes, she has consistently flip-flopped on the issue, in the past saying the issues at the VA are, “not as widespread as it has been made out to be.”
The recent shooting of a black man by the police in Charlotte, and the riots to follow will most likely be a talking point, and the potential cause of nasty exchanges.
Each candidate’s reaction to recent police shootings reflect their stance on the issues of police brutality.
Clinton tweeted, “Keith Lamont Scott. Terence Crutcher. Too many others. This has got to end.” Her position clearly puts full blame in the hands of the officers protecting our freedoms before an official ruling has been made on what actually happened in the situation.
Trump tweeted, “The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic. We must come together to make America safe again,” Trump’s tweet calls for unity among ALL Americans, something Hillary has failed to do.
Trump has gained the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Clinton tried, and failed, to receive the endorsement from Black Lives Matter. The seeking of these endorsements makes it clear how each candidate leans when dealing with our nation’s division.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly referred to Trump as a racist and a bigot, and will certainly reiterate this name-calling in an attempt to show his weaknesses.
Prosperity in America will likely focus on job creation, tax policies, and trade deals.
Trump continuously asserts that we need to bring jobs back from overseas in order to make America great again.
He has proposed reforming, “the tax code and trade policies to make it easier to hire, invest, build, grow, produce, and manufacture in America. Stop China from stealing our jobs, renegotiate NAFTA, cut unneeded regulations and make America the best place in the world to do business. Putting America First – and not globalism- will keep jobs and wealth in America.”
Trump’s prosperity proposals reflect his understanding of the business world, and are supported by his many successes.
Clinton will likely fight him on his opposition to globalism, something she — and her foundation — have personally benefited from.
Clinton has proposed the need to “raise pay, create good paying jobs, and build an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top.” She plans to, “cut taxes for the middle class, raise the minimum wage, and ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share.”
While all of these predictions are speculation, they are certainly possible outcomes based on what we have seen so far this election cycle.
But there is one thing we can be totally sure of: These candidates have it out for each other, and no one on that stage will be playing it nice.
— The Horn editorial team