Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the United States Presidential candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties respectively, participated in the first round of the three nationally televised debate ahead of the election
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the United States Presidential candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties respectively, participated in the first round of three nationally televised debate ahead of the election on Monday. The 90-minute debate was divided into six segments, each 15 minutes long. The candidates put forth their vision and plans for the country, to convince the American people that who between them is better suited to take America forward.
In Monday’s debate, Hillary and Trump argued on three themes — Achieving prosperity; America’s direction; and securing America. The debate was sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation. The commission drafted tonight’s format, and the rules have been agreed to by the campaigns.
Here are the top takeaways for the American people and what future holds for the country, if either of the candidates gets elected.
Theme 1: Achieving Prosperity.
Background: America has seen six years of job growth under President Barack Obama. People’s income across the country has increased at a record rate but income inequality has also widened. As per estimates, half of America remains is living on paycheck to paycheck.
Hillary: Build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Create new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes. “I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.
“We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work.
“I also want to see more companies do profit-sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top.
“I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. So let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let’s be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college. How are we going to do it? We’re going to do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.”
Trump: “Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency, and there’s nobody in our government to fight them… We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people.
“I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, small and big businesses.”
Theme 2: America’s direction
Background: Racial divide in the country is at its peak as compared to the last few decades. Much of this has been amplified by shootings of African-Americans by police, as seen recently in Charlotte and Tulsa. How to deal with the divide.
Hillary: “…Unfortunately, race still determines too much, often determines where people live, determines what kind of education in their public schools they can get, and, yes, it determines how they’re treated in the criminal justice system. We’ve just seen those two tragic examples in both Tulsa and Charlotte.
“And we’ve got to do several things at the same time. We have to restore trust between communities and the police. We have to work to make sure that our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they’re well prepared to use force only when necessary. Everyone should be respected by the law, and everyone should respect the law.
“…So I have, ever since the first day of my campaign, called for criminal justice reform. I’ve laid out a platform that I think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system.
“But we also have to recognize, in addition to the challenges that we face with policing, there are so many good, brave police officers who equally want reform. So we have to bring communities together in order to begin working on that as a mutual goal.”
Trump: “…We need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not going to have a country…We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African- Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.
“In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings, thousands since January 1st. Thousands of shootings. And I’m saying, where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing? And we have to stop the violence. We have to bring back law and order.
“We have to be — we have to know what we’re doing. Right now, our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything. We have to protect our inner cities, because African-American communities are being decimated by crime, decimated.”
Theme 3: Securing America
Background: American institutions are facing cyber attacks, secrets are being stolen.
Hillary: “…There are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons to try to steal information that they can use to make money.
“We need to make it very clear — whether it’s Russia, China, Iran or anybody else — the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private-sector information or our public-sector information.
Trump: As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
“We came in with the Internet, we came up with the Internet, and I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game. ISIS.
“So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem. I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable.”