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Race for the Presidency

posted Sep 29, 2016, 7:01 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted September 29th, 2016

After several calm months in the way of presidential politics, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met at Hofstra University in New York in a tense debate. Millions of Americans tuned-in to one of the many stations broadcasting the event, which was funded by the Commission of Presidential Debates.

Opinions vary on the results, but an indisputable fact is that both candidates made their stances clear. Clinton's major talking points were job creation and higher taxes on wealthy Americans, while Trump focused on the national debt and the prevention of outsourcing. There were also numerous areas where the candidates seemed to take a similar stance, such as their disdain for ISIS, so-called "cyber-warfare," and urban violence.

Another interesting aspect of this campaign is the relatively large percentage (roughly 8%) of people who prefer the third-party libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. Because of this, he may find himself with an opportunity to join a future debate. This would certainly make a distinct change from the recently strict two-party system.