The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
On October 9, 2016. we gathered around the television to see the second presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, and Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. This presidential debate in my opinion was as ridiculous as the first one. The topics that were addressed by both presidential candidates were once again not taken seriously. The debates between the two candidates have made the American election process seem more like a reality TV show instead of a well-educated debate.
One aspect that really stood out to me was the final question that the presidential candidates were asked. A gentleman in the crowd asked each candidate to say one positive thing about their opponent. This stood out in particular for me because for the first time through out the entire presidential race the candidates did not have an answer already put together nor did they bicker back and forth. Both candidates respectfully underlined one positive aspect about the other. This is significant because we learned a lot of important things from these two answers. We learned that Hilary Clinton values the hard work that Trump has put in to make a very successful living, foster his children and help promote his family into well-rounded working individuals. On the other hand, we learned from Trump that Hilary is in fact is a very hard worker whose relentless effort never goes unnoticed.
In the United States, we face the problem of very low voter turnout. This is partly because the American public does not trust its presidential candidates. In Andre Blais literature review of electoral systems around the world, we have come to realize that there is only a 55.7% voter turnout in the United States. I strongly believe that through these types of honest answered questions, the general public will start to reinvest their time and effort into voting because they trust their candidates.
Alex Gharapetian is a 3rd year political science major who has a lot of passion for politics and law.