The Final Presidential Debates of the 2016 Election

By Reginald Tauscher

Staff Writer

Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted the second Presidential Debate on Oct. 9, 2016. The moderators were Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper. The audience asked both candidates questions in a town hall format. Both candidates had two minutes to respond questions.

Modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today’s youth:

“I heard from lots of teachers and parents about their concerns over what was said and done in this campaign. It is important for us to make clear to our children that our country is great because we are good. We are going to respect one another and lift each other up. We will reach out to every boy and girl and every adult to bring them in to work on behalf of our country.” – Clinton

“I agree with everything Hillary said. I began this campaign because I am tired of the foolish things that are happing to our country. This is a great country and great land.” – Trump

On inner cities:

“I have a very positive and optimistic view about what we can do together. That’s why the slogan of my campaign is ‘Stronger Together,’ because I think if we work together, if we overcome the divisiveness that sometimes sets Americans against one another, and instead, we make some big goals – and I’ve set forth some big goals, getting the economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top, making sure that we have the best education system from preschool through college and making it affordable and so much easier.” -Clinton

“We need justice, but I want to do things that haven’t been done: fixing and making our inner cities better for the African Americans and the Latinos.” -Trump

On the footage of Trump released on Oct. 7:

“What we all saw and heard on Friday is Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, does to women.” -Clinton

“No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker-room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family, I apologized to the American people.” -Trump

On a Supreme Court justice appointee:

“I want to appoint Supreme Court Justices who understand how the world works and have real life experiences.” -Clinton

“I am looking to appoint a judge very much in the mold of the late Justice Scalia.” -Trump

The final Presidential Debate was held on Oct. 19, 2016 at the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The moderator was Chris Wallace.

On the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment:

“I think when we talk about the Supreme Court, it really raises the central issue in this election. I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people. Not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy.” -Clinton

“The Supreme Court is what it is all about. Our country is so, so, it is just so imperative that we have the right justices. We need a Supreme Court that, in my opinion, is going to uphold the second amendment and all amendments.” -Trump

“I was upset because unfortunately, dozens of toddlers injure themselves, even kill people with guns because unfortunately, not everyone who has loaded guns in their homes takes appropriate precautions. But there is no doubt that I respect the second amendment.” –Clinton

On abortions:

“Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account. The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I have met with women who have, toward the end of their pregnancy, get the worst news one could get.” -Clinton

“Well I think it is terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that is okay and Hillary can say that that is okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she is saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take a baby and rip the baby out of the womb. In the ninth month. On the final day. And that’s not acceptable.” -Trump

On the economy:

“Well I think the middle class thrives, America thrives. So my plan is based on growing the economy, giving middle class families many more opportunities. I want us to have the biggest jobs program since World War II.” -Clinton.

“We’re going to cut taxes massively. We’re going to cut business taxes massively. They’re going to start hiring people, we’re going to bring the $2.5 trillion that’s offshore back into the country. We are going to start the engine rolling again because right now, our country is dying.” -Trump