The Third Presidential debate is happily in the books.
Filled with rhetoric, intimidation and partisan guests, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump once again faced off during Presidential debate on Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for their third and final oral fistfight .
I watched the 3rd Presidential debate ‘movie’ only to discover hyping the ‘trailer’ was more compelling than the film. In real life I would have asked for my money back.
Stealing part of a line from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Recessional’ “The tumult and the shouting dies, the captain and the kings depart…” so what’s next? But before moving on to that question, here are some of the evening’s Hi and Low lites.
The plot was tired and boring because the audience has heard it all before and before. This was classic ‘he said she said’ finger pointing with nothing much new. I doubt this Presidential debate changed anyone’s mind on who to vote for. It has been suggested that many disgusted citizens will stay at home and not vote at all, so disappointed in their choices to be President. Amazing when one considers people fought and died for the right to vote and women were not allowed to cast a ballot until the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 18. 1920.
National polls leader Clinton who’s expanded lead gained over the last couple of weeks, worked to protect it and distance herself even further from her rival Trump.
Behind in the polls, Trump’s mission was to gain ground, present himself as being Presidential and attack Clinton at every turn. He even brought his own gallery of guests in hopes of intimidating Clinton while increasing the Hi Stakes pressure on her. His gallery included Malik Obama the half brother of the President who is reported to say he is voting Republican this time and not supporting his kin.
For those of you who did not watch this street theatre, here are some of the most memorable lines from Presidential debate night in Sin City.
Fox News host and moderator, Chris Wallace started the evening with a question posed to the candidates about their plans for Supreme Court appointments. In so doing, it did not take more than a few moments for politics to rear its ugly head.
At this point it would be appropriate to say, “Let the games begin.”
Responding to the moderator’s question, Clinton started her answer with criticism of the Senate’s foot dragging on current Democratic nominee Merrick Garland. She then went on to explain her reasons for making her selections.
When it was Trump’s turn to explain his stance on Supreme Court appointees, it quickly morphed into an attack on Clinton’s position on gun control and even included a prediction for Election Day. As the dialogue turned to abortion rights Trump described his position behind his pro-life stance. He said; ”I think it’s terrible, if you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”
Clinton shot back with ”Well, that is not what happens in these cases. And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.”
Trump having explained his immigration policy with emphasis on the U.S, Mexican border, Clinton attacked by saying that at Trump’s meeting with Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, he did not choose to raise the issue of building a border wall during the visit.
Wallace asked Clinton about her border policies, quoting leaked emails from a speech saying she was in favor of “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” Here she waffled, as is her want.
Clinton stated her theory on why Russia is behind the hacking of emails later released by WikiLeaks, implying that Putin wants Trump in power. She went on to say that a number of high-ranking officials in the U.S. government agree that Russia in the culprit.
One of her better gotcha’s was this Clinton statement.
“Donald has bought Chinese steel and aluminum. In fact, the Trump Hotel right here in Las Vegas was made with Chinese steel. So he goes around with crocodile tears about how terrible it is, but he has given jobs to Chinese steelworkers, not American steel workers.”
Chris Wallace asked Trump about recent allegations of sexual assault. Trump said the accusations were “debunked” and that he had nothing to be sorry for.
He went on to say, “nobody has more respect” for women than he does.
Trump attacked the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from countries that “push gays off buildings” and “kill women and treat women horribly.” Clinton responded by pointing to reports that alleged the Trump Foundation misused funds.
Clinton outlined the positive benefits of the Affordable Care Act before Trump reiterated comments made by former President Bill Clinton on October 3 describing “Obamacare” as “this crazy system.” He also said “Your husband disagrees with you.”
And on and on it went.
Tomorrow’s headline in the liberal media will be the answer Trump gave to this question from Chris Wallace who asked, “I want to ask you here on this stage tonight do, you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?”
Trump twice demurred, saying he would not at this point pledge to accept the election’s results stating, “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now.” When reporter Llamas asked Conway, Trump’s campaign manager if she thought that was a responsible reply for democracy, she responded, “I think the most responsible thing that Donald Trump has done for democracy, frankly, was to run in the first place.”
Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s communications director, said after the Presidential debate that Trump will “accept the results of the election. One hundred percent.” He then went on to say, “He’s going to win this election soundly and this won’t be an issue.”
After reading tomorrow’s headlines, one wonders, so what’s next? All will be revealed in a couple of weeks.