Political Roundup: The Great Debate
The United States of America is just weeks away from the 2016 Presidential Election. After months of debates, controversy, and conventions, it has come down to Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. It has been an eventful election season to say the least, with a lot going on in both campaigns. After the debate Sunday night, the GOP is left to wonder what will become of their party with Donald Trump as their leader.
Friday afternoon was Donald Trump’s October Surprise. A Hollywood Access tape from eleven years ago was published by the Washington Post. The video contained a conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush about women in which Donald Trump brags to Billy Bush about how he can “do anything” to women, and open admits to kissing women without consent. This sparked huge controversy, as Donald Trump is the first ever candidate to be documented openly admitting to sexual assault, and going as far as bragging about it. The Trump Campaign obviously did some damage control, releasing an apology video from Trump Tower, where Donald Trump solemnly apologizes to the American people for his comments. However, it doesn’t stop there. Mr. Trump invited four women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault to the debate and had these women sit with his family. Whether the gesture was to deflect attention onto Bill Clinton or to prove that he is supporting women, it was noticed by commentators, his opponent, and the general public.
Across the aisle, Hillary Clinton has been having quite a week, herself. Wikileaks recently released more emails regarding the Democratic National Committee's bias towards Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. This does not help Clinton win over Bernie supporters, who already felt the system was rigged against him. Donald Trump used this information to his advantage during the debate, spinning the information to feed distrust of Hillary.
Further down the Wisconsin ticket, the race for Senator between Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson is neck and neck. According to a recent Marquette poll, 46% of likely voters back Feingold, while Johnson is supported by 44% of likely voters.
Along with the Wisconsin elections, voter ID has become a large issue in the state. After Governor Scott Walker’s push for requiring ID in order to vote, a huge push back from primarily democrats caused the state to give free “voting IDs” to those who did not have a state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license. This ID does not allow a citizen to open a bank account or do anything besides vote.
As the world has its eyes on the American election, it is time for voters to decide who they want their leaders to be and how they want their country to be run. Catch the next Political Roundup after the final Presidential Debate, October 19, 2016.
Check out more of Natalie's perspective on politics in The Beacon, coming to you this November prior to the election.