Debate perspectives at Lee
The third presidential debate took place this past Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. For the first 30 minutes of the debate, important issues and topics were discussed as candidates spoke about their stances and the policies they would enact as president.
The issues and topics covered were of no surprise; debt, immigration, the economy, pro-life and pro-choice, the second amendment and of course the usual fireworks between the two candidates.
During the debate, it was noted that the next president may appoint three Supreme Court justices, which could influence whether the court swings left or right. This brought up the hot topic of Roe v. Wade and late-term abortion.
Donald Trump said, “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,” Trump said. “Now, you can say that that's okay, and Hillary can say that that's okay, but it's not okay with me.”
Hilary then responded to Trump by saying that, “using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.” She also said, “This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. I do not believe the government should be making it.”
Pro-life and pro-choice are important topics for both voters and candidates in this year’s election. According to the Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans now identify as pro-choice and 44 percent identify as pro-life.
Chance Johnson, graduate of Lee, said “If you want pro choice then you can choose whether to have sex, not whether you can kill the baby you chose to make. We live in a culture of instant gratification but sometimes you just have to live with the results of your choices.”
Election Day on November 8th is fast approaching and there is a lot of controversy when trying to choose a candidate.
Shelley Harris, a Political Science major at Lee, said, “If I could add anything it would just be to encourage people to stay informed about political news.”
At the end of the day, one of these candidates will become president. It is important to be educated and vote based on political views, values and morals.
Harris concluded by saying, “It is absolutely still important to vote! Many people like to say they aren't voting because they don't support any of the candidates or because the state they live in always goes to the same party. These are in no way excuses to not cast a ballot.”
Get out and use the American right to vote November 8th.