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Amidst roiling controversies on both sides of the aisle, the Candidates, and the nation, gear up for the final Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. By all accounts, it should be quite a show. Though sadly, Presidential Debates need to be more than spectacles for our amusement: they need to deal thoroughly with substantive issues challenging the nation, and affecting the American People.

However, that’s unlikely to happen tomorrow night. But spectacle and controversy will undoubtedly abound. Trump is still reeling from a sex scandal, of sorts, in which he was recorded on video making demeaning, and even threatening, comments about women, while Clinton is struggling with recent releases of campaign e-mails hacked by Wikileaks, which don’t portray her campaign in a favorable light. In fact, according to some, they seem to support claims that she’s a two-faced, self-serving hypocrite. Of course, interpretation varies widely on this matter.

Trump continues his “scorched earth policy,” demeaning Clinton and challenging her competence and integrity at every opportunity. And recognizing he’s trailing in the polls, he’s now claiming the election is rigged in favor of the Democrats, pointing fingers at the media and high ranking political officials. In response, President Obama has suggested the Republican Candidate should “quit his whining,” while high ranking Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, scoff at the accusation of a rigged election. To paraphrase President Obama today, if you can’t take responsibility for your own situation, you can’t handle this job (The Presidency.)

Nation Readies for Last Presidential DebateSo, campaign hijinks continue unabated, and will likely explode upon that stage in Las Vegas, while all the while, in the real world, there’s no shortage of problems. There’s a final push underway to eradicate ISIS in the city of Mosul. Scientists tell us that the carbon dioxide content of our atmosphere that’s largely responsible for dangerous anthropogenic climate change has reached an irrevocable tipping point. And the American economic recovery remains marginal, while health care costs for the middle class continue to sky rocket, despite the Affordable Care Act.

And what about the question of foreign policy expertise? Though Hillary Clinton is clearly the winner, in terms of hours served in public office (Trump has accumulated exactly zero) including terms as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, for many Americans questions still remain. Many feel she’s been deceptive regarding her handling of the tragic fall of the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi during a terrorist attack, despite numerous government inquiries, which cleared her obvious wrongdoing. And others make note of her particularly collegial and cozy relationship with Israel and certain European nations, which she may maintain, in their opinion, at the expense of the welfare of middle eastern nations, and the Palestinian people.

To be sure, the 2016 Presidential Election has turned into one of the greatest mud-slinging competitions of American History, and the American People, in the long run, will suffer for any short-term gains in tawdry entertainment they may get. But make no mistake, those who aren’t thoroughly disgusted by now, and there are many in that camp, will tune in by the millions to watch the fireworks.



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This caricature of Hillary Clinton was adapted from a photo in the public domain from the East Asia and Pacific Media’s Flickr photostream. The body was adapted from a photo in the public domain from the U.S. Department of State’s Flickr photostream. This caricature of Donald Trump was adapted from Creative Commons licensed images from Max Goldberg’s flickr photostream.


Watch The Vice Presidential Debate Tonight, Streaming Live

Watch The Vice Presidential Debate Tonight, Streaming Live

Watch tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate, streaming live here on Face Activities. The running mates debate substantive issues, and posture for dominance, at tonight’s debate, starting 9 pm Eastern Time (Wednesday, October 4.) Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both experienced politicians, go head to head for the first time during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Watch the VP Debate tonight online – 9 pm ET (NBC News – Yahoo)


UPDATE: The debate made for an excellent contrast between Pence and Kaine. Both men were under enormous pressure to perform well, and score points with voters, particularly with the block of undecided, college educated women, who will likely make the difference in this election, according to many pundits.

Kaine was very aggressive, and at times downright rude, frequently interrupting Pence and calling out the Trump campaign on numerous inaccuracies and falsehoods, fulfilling the traditional VP role of “attack dog.” For example, Kaine kept hammering away at his opponent, demanding to know why Trump has said so many disrespectful things to women and minorities, and why Trump didn’t pay taxes for 18 years, as per recent revelations. Pence, on the other hand, was very dignified, and remained calm in the face of withering fire from Kaine.

However, there was only so much Pence could say when defending Trump, who has in fact made many undignified and seemingly prejudiced remarks, and actually did avoid paying taxes legally for almost 20 years, following a $916 million business loss, due to exceedingly favorable tax codes for wealthy entrepreneurs (exactly the sort of thing that the Clinton campaign is speaking out against.) Many who watched the debate unfold felt that Kaine won on substance, and Pence won on style. It’s clear that Pence’s cool, controlled and consistent delivery was the hallmark of a polished and practiced career politician, with Presidential ambitions of his own.

Both men scored points with their bases, and will likely be lauded for their performances (though Kaine is picking up some flack for his overly aggressive style) but it seems unlikely that Pence will bring many of those much needed undecided, college educated women voters over to Trump’s camp. So in that way at least the debate may be viewed as a win for the Clinton campaign.


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