Vice Presidential debate focuses on Presidential candidates, not the issues

Last night’s debate between Vice Presidential nominees Governor Mike Pence and Senator Tim Kaine was filled with discussion regarding the actions and beliefs of this year’s presidential candidates. An article from The Guardian claimed that Pence won, while an article from the New York Times didn’t declare either nominee as a winner.

The general consensus from media reports is that Pence did win last night’s debate. But not by a huge margin.

The Guardian claims that Kaine was not on top of his game during the debate. Others on twitter agreed.

Both the Guardian and the New York Times agreed that Kaine spent much of the debate attacking his opponent on things his running mate, Donald Trump, has said.

Both articles agreed that the debate was less about the issues and more about defending the Presidential nominees.

To return the favor, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were quick to praise their running mates on their debate performance.

Many people noticed that Pence did not always defend Trump’s ideas and beliefs. Instead, Pence offered up some of his own views and ideas.

The major complaint about Kaine was the number of times he interrupted Pence the moderator during the debate.

Other’s came to Kaine’s defense stating that the interruptions came from both sides.

One question raised by both articles, as well as people on twitter, is how important was the Vice Presidential debate in the big scheme of things.

The Guardian states that quite a few people couldn’t even name the Vice Presidential candidates prior to the debate.

The impact of this debate on the Presidential campaign as a whole may not be clear. Hopefully, the debate at least made it so more than 40 percent of Americans know the names of our Vice Presidential nominees.

Students have less than 2 weeks to register for this years election

In a presidential election where both the Democratic and Republican nominee are so polarizing, it is important that everyone’s voice is heard. With November 8th election approaching, people are running out of time to register.

imageElection signs for Hillary and Trump found in Goodrich, Michigan

The last day for people to register for this year’s presidential election is coming up quick. And there are still thousands of people, particularly college students, who have yet to register. In order to vote in the election on November 8th, people must be registered by October 11th.

The last presidential election that took place was in 2012. Most seniors in college were seniors in high school when the election occurred, too young to vote. This year’s presidential election is the first time the majority of college students will be voting in a presidential election. Or really, have the ability to vote in the election.

There are still a staggering number of college students not registered to vote. This isn’t much of a shock considering past election attendance.

Historically, people between the ages of 18 and 24 tend to have the lowest turn out at the polls on Election Day. According to the data collected by the Census Bureau on the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted while 72 percent of people 65 and older voted.img_2537

Wayne State student planner marking the last day to register to vote

On campus, many groups are working hard to get Wayne State University students registered to vote. One of these people is Jad Maharem who said,
“If you guys want your voices to be heard, put out that millennials don’t vote stereotype and get your voices heard.”

Wayne State University student, Molly Singer-Miller says she registered to vote because, “If you don’t register to vote, or vote, you have no right to complain.”

On the other end of the spectrum, there are many college students who don’t feel the need to register.

Unregistered Wayne State student, Karmel Scrut, says she hasn’t registered because, “I don’t feel like my vote is going to make a difference.” A sentiment that is shared by people of all ages.

Another unregistered student, Kaitlin Schnur, says, “I dont really like either of the candidates and I’m honestly too lazy to register. My parents don’t vote either and no one has really told me how.”

It’s important to remember that there aren’t only two candidates to choose between. This year, Michigan will have six presidential candidates on the ballot. It’s important to take time and learn about all of the candidates.

For students who would like to register to vote, there are a variety of ways to do so. One way is to visit the Secretary of State website where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to register.

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Flyer for session to learn more about the election found in State Hall

Another way is to stop at one of the tables found in and around the student center. These tables have forms to fill out and mail to the secretary of state in order to register.

One of the quickest ways is to visit one of the Secretary of State offices. Here are some of the closest offices to the Wayne State University campus:

Clinton and Trump go head-to-head in first presidential debate

The first of three presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place last night, September 26th. Moderated by Lester Holt, the debate focused on three main topics; achieving prosperity, America’s direction, and keeping the nation secure.

The debate kicked off with Holt asking how each candidate would ensure America’s economy remains, or becomes, prosperous under their presidency.

The conversation began with the candidates talking about their plan for improving the economy. Trump coming from a business background understandably has a different take than Clinton coming from a political background. Both believe they have the best plan to improve the economy.

Trump started off the debate particularly strong, he had a lot to say about policies and things Clinton had done in the past. Clinton didn’t seem to start off as strong, but she got stronger as the debate went on.

Trump attacked Clinton for supporting the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The debate got more heated when the conversation shifted to tax reform. Clinton talked about the fact that Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Trump stated that his taxes were currently being audited, and he would release his tax returns once the audit was complete. He also offers to release his tax returns if Clinton releases her private emails.

The second topic discussed was focused on America’s direction.

Both candidates agree that something needs to be done in terms of our criminal justice system.

The final topic of the debate discussed securing America. Clinton and Trump butted heads in terms of how to handle cyber security.

Although many hoped for a debate surrounding the issues, with such a heated campaign few people were surprised when both candidates attacked the other on everything from something they said in the 1970s to their appearance. The biggest weakness of this entire campaign has been the back and forth between the two candidates that has nothing to do with their presidential abilities.

Moderator Holt seemed to lose control of the debate at points. He tried to cut candidates off when their time was up, but both Clinton and Trump continued to talk despite his pleas. In such a tense debate, the moderator really needed to step up in order to keep things on topic and on time.

Three of the third party candidates who were not a part of the debate chimed in on twitter. These tweets come from Former Governor Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party, Dr. Jill Stein for the Green Party and Darrell Castle for the Constitution Party for the U.S.

If you want your voice to be heard, it’s important that you get out and vote.

Don’t let the fact that you aren’t registered yet keep your voice from being heard.