Social Studies

Rapids voice their debate opinion

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By: An-Vu Phan, Staff Writer

Last Monday, the two presidential candidates for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton of the Democrats and Donald Trump of the Republicans, faced off in the first of three presidential debates. It would become the most watched presidential debate ever, drawing in over 84 million viewers.

Among those viewers were also 258 James River students who participated in a post-presidential poll. Of the 258 who participated in the poll, 67.4 percent watched the debates.

“ As a teacher, I thought the debate was pretty one sided in terms of who had logical arguments and who didn’t,” Social Studies teacher Shannon Castelo said. “So it was pretty clear to me at the end that one person was pretty emotional in the debate and the other person was more logical and answered the questions more directly.”

In the poll conducted, there were many who were left feeling more worried for the future. Yet there still some who found humor within the debate.

“I felt like it was a comedy show, and both candidates just bashed each other more often than talking about their plans,” said one senior in his/her poll response.

In fact, it seems that this bashing of one another contributed heavily to the Rapids community opinion of who had won the debate. It was seen that amongst the pollsters that 34.9 percent felt that Hillary had won the debate while another 14  percent felt that Trump won the debate. However, 24.8 percent also felt that nobody had won the debate.

“In my opinion, when the debate was all said and done, they both had their fan base and nothing they said ruined that,” said another senior in his/her poll response. “They both addressed things that they already have, so nothing new caught my attention during the debate.”

However, this is just the first of three presidential debates, with the next two debates being scheduled for Sunday, October 9th and Wednesday, October 19th. As such, there is more to be expected from both for the next two debates. There is also the vice presidential debate featuring Mike Pence of the Republican party and Tim Kaine of the Democratic party airing at 9 tonight.