Debate on Debates


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate of the 2016 election.

Aiden Urban, Reporter

On Monday, September 26th, the two presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first presidential debate in Hofstra University, New York. Many people believe that the format of the debate should be changed, due to the outdated methods as well as inability of the mediator to control the debate. Others claim the time limits are too constraining, or that candidate should be able to focus more on what they want to talk about, rather than what the mediator reads.

“I believe that what would make the debates better is to have someone who is a fact checker with the mediator so that the politicians can’t lie,” said Sr. Leifdon Pratchett.

Since neither candidate in the first debate was fully truthful, an immediate fact checker would be able to call out mistruths faster than a single mediator can.

Fact checking is the act of checking factual assertions in non-fictional text in order to determine correctness of the factual statements in the text. People also think that the time limits need to be followed strictly.

“It would help if they enforce the time limits better,” said Sr. Isabel Whitehead. “Candidates [should] have more time to talk about themselves.”

By giving the candidates a chance to introduce themselves for the first time on the presidential candidate scale, U.S citizens would be able to understand the candidate’s’ intentions more clearly. In addition, a stricter time limit would demonstrate a president’s obedience and will to follow rules. Finally, the post-debate polls still display key statistics and facts the people want.

However, So. Logan Fullington believes the debate should have a few added improvements.

“I think they should have a poll system that shows who’s winning the debate during the debate” said Fullington.

A current rating of how each candidate is doing would make the debates more exciting as well as capture more of the audience’s attention. The old debate format is out of date, and needs to be refined for today’s modern ideas.