Why You Need To Watch the Final Presidential Debate

It’s a Wednesday night and you have homework to do, but consider tuning in to the third and final presidential debate.

Jennifer Luo, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The 2016 United States presidential election is perhaps one of the greatest reality shows of all time. The first presidential debate between Clinton and Trump boasted a record-breaking total of 84 million viewers according to Politico, compared to a total of only 46 million viewers of the first debate between Obama and Romney in 2012.

Whether viewers hold a genuine interest in the political platforms of the respective nominees or simply watch for the entertainment that a political horserace promises to provide, the 2016 election is one for the history books.

The third debate of the 2016 presidential election will take place tonight at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. It will take place between 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). The debate will be split into six 15-minute segments (following the same format as the first debate) covering topics picked by Chris Wallace, the moderator for the debate. Topics include immigration, entitlements and debt, the Supreme Court, the economy, foreign policy and each candidate’s fitness to serve as president.

Bored by the topics? Don’t be. This debate could potentially be the most exciting one yet, and here’s why.

 1. Trump will be asked about his lewd comments about women in the video released by the Washington Post.

Source: Bustle

Trump smiles at the audience in a photo taken during his primary campaign. Source: Bustle

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The second debate proved tension between Trump and Clinton is higher than ever, with Trump denouncing Clinton as the “devil” and Clinton questioning Trump’s fitness to serve as president.

Source: In Homeland Security

Clinton and Trump are poised side by side in an epic commercial emphasizing the tensions between both candidates. Source: In Homeland Security

 

3. We get to hear about Trump’s position on immigration, after his ban on Muslims “morphed into extreme vetting from certain areas of the world,” according to Trump.

Source: CNN

Trump speaks on CNN about his stance on immigration. Source: CNN

 

4. We get to watch Clinton scramble for an explanation for the new emails leaked from her campaign.

WIKILEAKED EMAILS: Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, assumes a look of resignation.

Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, assumes a look of resignation. Source: NPR

   

5. Trump and Clinton can finally talk about the economy, and perhaps elaborate on Trump’s acknowledgement of his use of a $1 billion loss in the 1990s to avoid paying personal federal income tax for nearly two decades.

Trump poses next to a stack of tax returns. Source: The Daily Beast

Trump poses next to a stack of tax returns. Source: The Daily Beast

 

    

6. We want to be educated and learn about the policies of the candidates we’re voting for. Not the most compelling reason, but it’s a decent one.

Watching the third and final presidential debate could be the thrill you’ve been looking for your entire highschool career. You could be as excited about political education as these kids pictured above. Wow! Source: CAPRDN

 

The only downside is that, because of the format of the debate, we won’t get to see another Ken Bone. But the invaluable political education is important too.

The superstar of the 2016 presidential election (who rose to fame asking a question about energy policy during the second presidential debate) is a sight to be missed. Source: Giphy

The superstar of the 2016 presidential election (who rose to fame asking a question about energy policy during the second presidential debate) is a sight to be missed. Source: Giphy