First presidential debate offers few surprises

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By Lauren Grimaldi, Managing Editor

In what was a highly anticipated event, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton squared off in the first of three debates on September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  

The first opening topic of the debate was “Achieving Prosperity” and much of the discussion centered around the subject of jobs.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would focus on the American people if elected to office.

I want us to invest in you. 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,” Clinton said.

Once given the floor, businessman Donald Trump discussed his view on a possible reason why American jobs have recently been so limited.

Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries,” Trump said.

The candidates also discussed issues regarding nationwide tensions between police officers and communities of color.

“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,” Clinton said.

The Republican nominee said he believes that nation needs to restore the “law and order” that he believes has been lost in years past. He went onto to explain how Chicago is a prime example of the problem proposed.

“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,” Trump said.

He went on discuss and praise the controversial “Stop and Frisk” policy that was used widely in New York. When informed by Lester Holt that the law had indeed been ruled unconstitutional in a 2013 U.S. District Court decision, Trump told the moderator that it had not been ruled as such.

The last section of the debate was entitled “Securing America” and featured questions regarding the strength of ISIS and the Iraq War.

Clinton expressed her plan on how to defeat ISIS.

“We’re making progress. Our military is assisting in Iraq. And we’re hoping that within the year we’ll be able to push ISIS out of Iraq and then, you know, really squeeze them in Syria.

But we have to be cognizant of the fact that they’ve had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons, so we have to make this the top priority,” the former Secretary of State said.

Trump placed blame for ISIS’ creation on the Obama administration as well as Clinton’s time as Secretary of State because of how and when they pulled troops out of Iraq in 2011, though the date of withdrawal had been previously agreed to by the Bush administration and the Iraqi government in 2008.

He also expressed to the audience that he was opposed to the Iraq War from the beginning, though there is proof that he expressed support for the invasion shortly before Congress authorized it.

The second presidential debate will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9.

 

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