This Wednesday students and professors gathered together in the JSB auditorium to watch the third, final, and highly-anticipated presidential debate.
The event, hosted by the BYU Political Affairs Society, drew a sizeable crowd to see what the two nominated candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties would say as election day draws nearer and nearer.
Students watched as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage and presented their final debate statements to the American people in hopes of better understanding the candidates’ policies before heading off to the polls.
Immediately following the event, BYU PAS hosted a question and answer session with a panel of BYU professors. These questions covered a range of issues, from the policies that were discussed to the manner in which the presidential candidates held themselves throughout the debate.
“I do worry about how the nature of the campaign and how unpopular the candidates are is changing the image of democracy in the long-term,” said Professor Adam Dynes when asked about his thoughts on some of the on-stage statements throughout the debate.
“No matter what happens, I think Republicans are going to come out of this debate doing a lot of ‘soul-searching,’” echoed Professor Celeste Beesley when answering a question dealing with unrest within the political parties. “This is a critical election for both parties, and very real shifts will come out of it as a result.”
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