Debate Night: Why Are They Talking about the Same Topics?


The topics addressed in the first presidential debate last month were as follows: the integrity of the election, race and violence in our cities, the economy, COVID-19, climate change, and the Trump and Biden record. During the second debate this evening, NBC News’ Kristen Welker will ask the candidates about COVID-19, American families, national security, leadership, climate change, and race in America. Three of the topics — COVID-19, climate change, and race — are repeats.

A second discussion of the coronavirus crisis is doubtlessly warranted, but do we really need follow-up discussions on climate change and race? A Pew Research poll from August showed that climate change was only the eleventh-most-pressing topic for voters; 42 percent of Americans indicated that it would be very important to their voting decision. Racial and ethnic inequality tied for eighth with immigration at 52 percent, and yet there will apparently be no discussion of the candidates’ divergent immigration policies. The economy came in at No. 1 with 79 percent, but a 15-minute exchange during the first debate will have to suffice for the voters. Violent crime, the fifth-most-important issue to voters, was touched on in the first debate but will be ignored in the last. Gun policy, a greater concern to voters than both climate change and race, will get the same treatment as immigration.

You may be wondering why the topics for the second debate are so similar to those of the first. It’s because they reflect the concerns and priorities of your average left-leaning journalist, not the average American voter.

You Might Like

Articles You May Like

90-year-old woman opts for assisted suicide when faced with the possibility of another COVID-19  lockdown
Giuliani: Votes from 28 states were sent to Germany and Spain to be fraudulently rigged by Smartmatic
Liberal law prof calls out Michigan Dem AG for ‘abusive use of criminal code’ over vote certification drama
NY Times: Wealthy socialists are eager to get rid of their millions (and destroy capitalism)
Violent Crime Surge in New York City Hitting Subways

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *