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Third Presidential Debate: The Final Breakdown

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Secretary Hillary Clinton commanded the stage and won the final debate on Wednesday night with her demonstrated leadership and optimistic vision.  

After three presidential debates, American voters have had an unfiltered view of the candidates, and there could not be a starker contrast. Secretary Clinton discussed her 30 years of experience and talked about specific policies. Donald Trump resorted to cowardly name-calling and conspiracy theories. 

Voters viewing the debate solidly agreed, for the third time in a row, that Clinton won: the CNN/ORC poll results found 52% of viewers determined Clinton won the debate while only 39% of viewers thought Trump won, and a YouGov poll shows that 49% of viewers thought Clinton won and, again, just 39% found Trump won. Even more definitive, in the same YouGov poll, 69% said Hillary Clinton showed "excellent" or "good" knowledge of policies. 

However, the contrast between Clinton and Trump is best exemplified in content of the debate.  

When discussing the economy, Hillary Clinton laid out her plan to create good paying jobs “by investing in people” through affordable education, skills training, apprenticeships, and “opportunities for people to get ahead and stay ahead.” The only plan Donald Trump proposed was to cut taxes for the very wealthy, a policy that even conservative economists disagree with. 

As the debate wore on, Donald Trump continued to prove how temperamentally unfit he is to be president. From calling Secretary Clinton a “nasty woman” to spouting conspiracy theories about rigged Emmy Awards, Trump only further proved he is unfit to hold office. Even more dangerous is Donald Trump’s disturbing level of disrespect for American democracy by not committing to accept the results of the election. 

When given the opportunity for a positive closing message, Donald Trump resorted to the same racist, sexist and xenophobic campaign attacks that lack any substance regarding the issues which affect working people. 

In contrast, Secretary Clinton gave us a vision of a nation working together for everyone’s benefit: “I would like to say to everyone watching tonight that I'm reaching out to all Americans, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, because we need everybody to help make our country what it should be, to grow the economy, to make it fairer, to make it work for everyone. We need your talents, your skills, your commitment, your energy, your ambition.”

Sisters and Brothers, this final presidential debate gave the American public yet another clear view of the future of our nation under these two candidates. As your union, the IATSE has endorsed Hillary Clinton because she proposes a positive and prosperous future America in which love trumps hate. We ask you to consider what future you want for your children and decide for yourselves given the above facts. 

Your vote in this election is more important than ever and YOUR union is asking you VOTE and to get out the vote with your Sisters and Brothers on November 8th.