Our Candidates: Independent View

By Margarita Williamson, Trending Writer

The third and final presidential debate of 2016 was on Wednesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The election is right around the corner and has been branded as different from past presidential elections.

According to Pew Research Center, the voter satisfaction with the choice of presidential candidates is at its lowest point in decades. Hillary Clinton became the first woman to receive the Democratic nomination for a major political party. Her education and political experience would suggest that she is well suited for the position, but some voters have had trouble finding her to be genuine. The Republican nomination, Donald Trump has found himself at odds with the GOP and media. His controversial comments and lack of political experience does not sit well with a lot of voters.

Many people have found themselves unsatisfied with the ways in which debate moderators have allowed the candidates to interrupt each other and divert answering important questions. “It’s disheartening to watch adults not behave like adults. I mostly feel bad for kids that are growing up and think that this is what politics is supposed to be,” said Marcellis Counts, a junior social behavioral science major.

According to The New York Times, “Millennials now outnumber baby boomers as the country’s largest generation. And while they may be more predisposed than other groups to vote Democratic, they are not moving toward the party and its nominee as quickly and predictably as they have in past elections.”

“I am really not happy with the candidate on either side. That is why I am probably voting third-party candidate,” Zachary Moore, a freshman history major, said.

There is a stigma in United States politics that a vote for a third party candidate is a waste. Last month in an interview with the Steve Harvey radio show, President Obama warned the American public that a vote for a third-party candidate that does not have a chance in winning is a vote for Trump. Elections are inevitably one by candidates that represent the two major parties. The lack of coverage in the media of third-party candidates is apparent.

“I definitely do not think that my ideal choice is any of the candidates. I am going to choose the candidate with the most experience,” said Adrienne Bortell, a freshman Psychology major.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.

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