Thursday, October 20, 2016

Debate grades: Chris Wallace the clear winner

 

At WTIMES by Kelly Riddell,


ANALYSIS/OPINION:
For any swing voters left in the U.S., the third presidential debate put the focus on the issues and highlighted the stark policy differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

All of that credit is due to Fox News moderator Chris Wallace — who led with substantive questions — and pressed both candidates hard (Mrs. Clinton on her paid speeches, Mr. Trump on the rigged election). Mr. Wallace had his facts down cold, and asked questions that led to more than the candidates’ prepared sound-bites. For that, Mr. Wallace is the clear winner of the night.
Mr. Trump, who needed to come out swinging in order to save his campaign, didn’t hit a home run. Mrs. Clinton, who couldn’t make an error, remained posed and in control. For those reasons, the trajectory of the race will probably remain unchanged.

Chris Wallace: A
The first question was on the Supreme Court — the most important issue in the election — as the next president may change the balance of the court for the next quarter century. Gun rights and the Heller case, along with Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood and partial birth abortion were discussed — which highlighted just how vast is the gap between between the Republican and Democratic platforms on the issue. The second question looked at immigration. There was more policy spoken in the final debate’s first 30 minutes than the entirety of the first two debates combined.

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