Dear Commons Community,
The third presidential debate was held last night at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and all was even until Donald Trump would not commit to accepting the results if Hillary Clinton was elected. Trump’s actual response to moderator Chris Wallace’s question of whether he would accept the results was:
“I will look at it at the time… I will keep you in suspense.”
Clinton responded: “That’s horrifying…Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”
At this point, it was over for The Donald.
This debate was more on issues than the previous two and while stating their positions, the candidates took effective shots at each other. Trump had Clinton stammering regarding the Clinton Foundation. Clinton hammered Trump as a “puppet” of Vladimir Putin. Trump commented that Clinton had thirty years of experience in government – “all bad”. Clinton compared her experiences with Trump’s over those thirty years and commented that he had a pattern of saying the system is rigged whenever he is losing. She concluded that Trump exhibits patterns of divisiveness and darkness.
In terms of demeanor during the debate, Hillary smiled and was more comfortable. Trump interrupted a few times, seemed edgy, rarely smiled, and referred to Clinton as “such a nasty woman”.
Chris Wallace did a fine job as a moderator.
CNN conducted a poll after the debate and concluded that Hillary Clinton won by a large margin of 52 to 39 percent.