Opinion

What’s “Wrong!” with the Presidential Debates?

SNEHA ALAM

STAFF WRITER

For many high school students, the concept of voting and other issues associated with being an adult seem to be a decade away; however, that doesn’t stop us from voicing our opinions. High school is a time where many adolescents learn about forming their own ideas and opinions based on previous experiences.

2016 is a year where things that were once thought to be impossible are happening right before
our eyes.

This year, we are faced with one of the most controversial presidential
elections in American history.

Throughout the past two months, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump have faced off during each of the three presidential
debates.

Political and personal opinions aside, the candidates both face criticism for their manner of speaking; therefore, I thought that I would give my take on the debates.

While each American may have their own opinion about Trump and Clinton, the most apparent themes that stood out during each of the debates had more to do with the relations between the candidates, specifically in regards to respect, answers,
and attitude.

As the second presidential debate started, we witnessed the two candidates take the floor. It might have slipped people’s mind initially, but they did not shake hands.

Trump and Clinton represent a sizeable part of the American people, so not acknowledging each other translates to not acknowledging a part of
our nation.

The debate itself was one of the most interesting in recent history. SNL and many other satirical shows
emphasized the unconventional actions of both parties.

As Clinton answered some of her questions, Trump stood behind her, which was viewed by many people as an invasion of
personal space.

And neither candidate respected the decorum that has defined recent debates. They either interrupted each other with haphazard phrases or kept exceeding the time given by the mediators. Constant outbursts of “wrong!” and other interruptions made it hard to take the candidates seriously.

No matter the opinion and the position another person takes, I believe respect is needed during a debate to acknowledge the opposing side’s reason. Connecting it back to the presidential election, we need a president who respects people no matter the differences.

Both candidates have some improving to do when it comes to their responses. Clinton is articulate, though her answers to controversial and personal remarks or questions may seem rehearsed than from the heart.

Even if she truly means what she says about people’s distress, Clinton needs to work on her own voice. The Secretary of State took her time to answer the questions thoroughly and sometimes taking a bit more than her allotted time.

The candidates’ answers should be to the point while also addressing the problems and questions of the people. Going over time for every answer is exhausting to watch and seeing the candidates avoid a question is even worse.

Trump started off well, but as the debates progressed his answers became more unpolished.

His voice was clear, unlike Clinton’s; nonetheless, his answers were incomplete.

Many times Trump addressed Clinton rather than the question itself. It is important for our future president to have answers to the people’s questions, and these debates gave the candidates a space to showcase their abilities to the nation. Perhaps this election would be better received by the American public if the candidates embraced these opportunities.

This election has been one interesting journey. All along we have felt the the energy of these different presidential candidates. Although Trump and Clinton have many flaws in their debate and people skills, both have one common quality: determination.

Throughout the race both Trump and Clinton have faced backlash from the media and the people, yet they still stand proud in front of their nation.

This country needs a president who will stand up for their values and will work hard to make this world a better place for all
of us.

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