WASHINGTON, October 18, 2016 — Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the final presidential debate from the University of Las Vegas Thomas and Mack Center, Wednesday evening, October 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm et. What we will hear and whether the debate might sway the election are to be seen. But it is being touted as the debate to watch, listen to and chat about.
Communities Digital News is offering you a chance to join the debate via our live stream and debate chat starting at 8:30 pm ET, here on CommDigiNews. During our Chat we will be looking for candidates Jill Stein, Gary Johnson and Evan McMullin, to be answering questions via social media or their websites, and sharing those with you via our chat.
Viewers can expect six 15 minute segments that start with a question, each candidate having two minutes to answer. The rest of the time will be spent on the candidates responding to one another and on the moderator asking follow-up questions.
The debate will last 90 minutes.
Fox News veteran political reporter Chris Wallace has said the debate will focus on immigration, entitlements and debt, the Supreme Court, the economy, foreign policy—ending with each candidate’s fitness to serve as president.
The podium format favors Donald Trump, who was mocked on satire comedy show Saturday Night Live for his “wandering” on the “town hall” format stage.
Americans on social media are hoping that the debate does not continue the narrative of Trump allegedly sexually assaulting woman, none of the claims being substantiated by third parties or legal actions.
Speaking on FOX News with Neil Cavuto, media personality Robin Leach, a British citizen who cannot vote, says that in his research of Trump for his popular Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous show, that out of 18 female editors who worked closely with Trump doing interviews and scouting locations, not one allegation of Trump acting inappropriately was made, and that the allegations perpetuated by the Clinton campaign are simply “Chicago gutter slime politics”.
The sentiment was echoed by Miss Universe Chelsea Cooley who competed in Donald Trump’s Miss Universe competition in 2005, after being crowned Miss USA in the same year. Cooley, in an interview with DailyMail.com, defended the real estate mogul:
She believes, from her own experience, that victims who have been sexually abused would come forward sooner and not later, and doubts the credibility of their stories.
Speaking from her home in North Carolina, Cooley explained that during her time competing on Miss Universe 2005 with Trump, she never once saw him act inappropriately.
‘In terms of Donald acting inappropriately towards women, I have never seen him be anything but a consummate gentleman,’ Cooley said.
‘I competed in Miss USA in 2005 and beyond and met Donald and Melania for the first time then. They came down to our dressing room to greet us and wish us the best of luck right before the telecast.
‘I even have the picture of all of that, and that was all he would do. There was nothing inappropriate that he said or did.’
Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, seems to be hoping for a substantive policy debate.
Trump will shine a light on the media bias toward Hillary Clinton. One stat being brought up is the overwhelming coverage, measured in multiple minutes, of the Trump tape vs. the seconds of coverage given to the many scandals uncovered by the WikiLeaks emails.
The media are being lambasted because Trump’s comments more than a decade ago and the unsubstantiated, contradicted allegations have little impact on the American people. However Clinton’s various actions do directly affect the American people and the democratic process we must protect.
Some of those actions on behalf of Clinton include how the DNC, under Clinton crony Debbie Wasserman Shultz destroyed the Sanders surge, or campaign insider Patrick Kennedy suggesting a “quid pro quo” arrangement for changing email security classifications, or the anti-Catholic statements by campaign director Jennifer Palmieri. Palmieri’s comments were made in an email exchange including Center for American Progress’ John Halpin and copying John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, in which Halpin asserts that the Catholicism of socially conservative Catholics is “an amazing bastardization of the faith.”
They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.
In her email, Palmieri, former director of communications for President Obama replies in a way seen as insulting to both Catholics and Evangelicals:
I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelical.
Will Trump stay disciplined enough to get to the emails proving Clinton campaign’s unsavory, if not illegal, actions? We simply do not know.
We may also hear Trump discussing the idea, which he floated earlier in race for the nomination, of a Constitutional Amendment to limit Congressional terms and purging Washington of career politicians who work to keep power, not give power to the people.
Clinton will of course pivot to her 30 years of service in the political trenches, claiming they make her more temperamentally sound to be our 45th President.
One of the constant themes of this election year is that this is a “change election.” The desire for change by a vast majority of Americans may work against Clinton’s narrative—and Trump will surely ask, “so why aren’t things better now?”
That’s a question every American needs to ask, while asking which candidate will be the change America needs.