Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet for the third and final debate in the 2016 election cycle this Wednesday night and I hardly expect anything to be different from their first two clashes.
Television ratings will be high once again, tempers will flare, accusations will be slung, and Americans will go to bed feeling dirtier and less optimistic about the future of this country.
How we got here — to a point where two of the most unfavorable “politicians” imaginable are leading their respective parties into the November election — is a topic for another day. Instead, I’m curious if there is anything either candidate can say or do in tonight’s debate to sway a single voter in either direction.
I’m a little skeptical of the word “undecided” this late into the election season.
After more than a year and a half of serious campaigning, countless primary debates, two national conventions, and two prime time head-to-head debates … who out there is nervously feeling for a quarter in his or her pocket to flip on election day?
For Pete’s sake, just open your eyes and ears and pay attention. Crawl out from underneath the rock you’ve been living, visit these candidates’ campaign websites to learn their positions, and make an educated decision.
I can understand if your dilemma is not so much “who will do the best job?” but instead “who will do the least damage?” I can empathize with the serious moral questions you might have about both candidates. But if you’re waiting for the third presidential debate, or the final two weeks before election day, to help you make your decision, I think you’ll find you’re in for the same confusion then as you have right now.
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