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The last of the three presidential debates in the United States offered another glimpse of the possible outcomes on the November 8 elections. The debate, which focused on the issues related to the country future, ended without a handshake between the candidates. Surprisingly, the debate in Las Vegas brought the vague statement of the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump whether he would accept the results of the November 8 elections. “Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say on Wednesday that he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton,” Justin Sink of Bloomberg comments.
The moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, who kicked off the debate with questions on the Second Amendment and abortion, asked Trump whether he would accept the results of the next month’s election.
“I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense,” Trump responded and made the news headlines on national and state media in the U.S.
Bloomberg writes that the Republican National Committee said there is no evidence of the widespread voter fraud and that the election officials “have denied and denounced Trump’s charges.”
In addition, Bloomberg explains that Trump’s assertions that elections are “rigged” could mean the possibility millions of his supporters may not accept the results. That could place the country, where free and fair elections are tradition since the founding 240 years ago, into uncharted territory, Sink of Bloomberg writes.
The candidates exchange their opinions on the most persistent issues that show disagreements between them. The Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her opinion on the abortion and gun control. As the Associated Press reports, Clinton stated she would appoint justices who would “stand up on behalf of women’s rights and on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community.” Clinton said she would overturn the Citizens United decision, which allowed for “dark, unaccountable money” in politics. Trump had different opinion on the same issues and said he would protect the right of gun use, defined in the Second Amendment. Trump explained he would nominate justices who are “pro-life.”
Another issue that brought on surface the gaps in the opinions of both candidates was immigration. The National Public Radio said Trump pressed Clinton on immigration, telling that she is pro “open borders” policy, which Clinton disputed. Clinton and Trump debated on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the significant marks of President Barack Obama’s legacy in the trade and economy with Asia-Pacific countries. Clinton said that once deal was finished, it didn’t meet her standards.
On economy, Trump said he would cut taxes, the NPR reports. The Republican candidate said he would replace the Affordable Care Act. Clinton promised more finance in the Social Security trust fund. As NPR says, Clinton pointed out she would bring some costs of the Affordable Care Act down.
Clinton said she would send a large-scale U.S. troop presence to the Middle East against the Islamic State, and that she is for a no-fly zone in Syria.
The third and the last debate for the presidential elections lasted 90 minutes. Election Day is on November 8 and early voting is underway in more than 30 states. Both candidates exchange harsh words during the last debate.
The New York Times publishes details on the last debate between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates and gives information about important highlights.