Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton held their third and final debate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. This debate, moderated by Chris Wallace, marked the final opportunity for the candidates to express their views on important issues and to improve their image before the Nov. 8 election. The debate was viewed by over 11 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research.
One of the most important topics brought up in the debate was the legitimacy of the election. Trump chose not to answer the question when asked whether or not he would accept the results of the election if he lost.
“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said to Wallace.
Before the debate, Trump had previously accused the election of being “rigged” and has openly refused to accept the legitimacy of the election. However, The Washington Post reports that both his son and his daughter, Eric and Ivanka Trump, have stated that their father will accept the results of the election if it is “fair.”
In response to Trump’s complaints, Clinton condemned Trump for being a “sore loser” and stated that she did not believe that Trump would be willing to support her if she did win the election, a suspicion made stronger after Trump referred to Clinton as a “nasty woman.”
Along with questioning the legitimacy of the election, the nominees tried to assert one another’s unsuitability for the presidency by exposing their flaws to the public.
Clinton questioned Trump’s loyalty to the people of the United States when she called him a “puppet” of Vladimir Putin. In response, Trump accused Clinton of lying, reminding the audience that Clinton had previously tried to cover up the fact that she was using a private email server.
While much of the debate focused on each candidate’s controversies, both Trump and Clinton also clearly expressed their views on America’s issues when they discussed the topic of the Supreme Court and its opening for another justice. The next candidate will determine who fills that position.
“The justices that I choose will be pro-life and conservative and protect the second amendment,” Trump said.
“I will defend women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions,” Clinton countered.
Both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, but Clinton seems to have convinced the nation that she is more fit to run. The New York Times polls update shows Clinton at 46% while Trump is at a 40.6%. However, the recent debate has left many Americans disillusioned with the whole election and unsure about their choices.
“I hope in 2020 we will have more third-party candidates running for President. I don’t like Trump or Hillary and I really miss Bernie Sanders,” junior Sydney Thiroux said.