2016 Presidential Candidates Debate – Close Look at Three Issues

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The first 2016 presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump was on Sep. 26, 2016 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The candidates discussed a number of issues over the 90-minute debate. We have highlighted three of the issues below. For the positions of Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, please click on the questions below.

The next presidential debates are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. A vice presidential debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the first 2016 presidential debate.
Source: Ron Elving, “Who Got What They Wanted From the First Clinton-Trump Debate?,” npr.org, Sep. 27, 2016

Are racial profiling and stop-and-frisk tactics good policies?



“[Y]ou have to have stop-and-frisk… [I]n New York City, stop-and-frisk, we had 2,200 murders, and stop-and-frisk brought it down to 500 murders. Five hundred murders is a lot of murders. It’s hard to believe, 500 is like supposed to be good? But we went from 2,200 to 500. And it was continued on by Mayor Bloomberg. And it was terminated by current mayor. But stop-and- frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City. Tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very, very big impact.”


“[W]e do always have to make sure we keep people safe. There are the right ways of doing it, and then there are ways that are ineffective. Stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional and, in part, because it was ineffective. It did not do what it needed to do… Look, one murder is too many. But it is important that we learn about what has been effective. And not go to things that sound good that really did not have the kind of impact that we would want. Who disagrees with keeping neighborhoods safe?”


Should people on the no-fly list be able to purchase guns?


“When a person is on a watch list or a no-fly list, and I have the endorsement of the NRA, which I’m very proud of. These are very, very good people, and they’re protecting the Second Amendment. But I think we have to look very strongly at no-fly lists and watch lists. And when people are on there, even if they shouldn’t be on there, we’ll help them, we’ll help them legally, we’ll help them get off.”


“[W]e finally need to pass a prohibition on anyone who’s on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy a gun in our country. If you’re too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun. So there are things we can do, and we ought to do it in a bipartisan way.”

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a good deal?


“You [Clinton] were totally in favor of it. Then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, ‘I can’t win that debate.’ But you know that if you did win [the presidency], you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA [as ‘one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.’]”


“I was against it [TPP] once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out… I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated, which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn’t [a good deal]. I wrote about that in my book before you even announced [your candidacy for president].”


Aaron Blake and Team Fix, “The First Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate Transcript, Annotated,” The Washington Post website, Sep. 26, 2016