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Who won the final presidential debate?

The final presidential debate was a fiery exchange between two very ideologically opposed candidates. The debate centered around the audio tape released by The Washington Post of Trump’s derogatory comments about women. Trump also outrageously claimed that the election was rigged against him. However, there were some more substantive policy areas discussed including the economy, defence and foreign policy which included Trump’s relationship with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Trump suggested that American democracy was rotten to the core.

Hillary Clinton (former Secretary of state)

Trump suffered punishing sound bites throughout the debate. One notable example was Hillary Clinton’s “we went after Bin Laden while you were doing Celebrity Apprentice”. This was a clear attack on Trump’s complete and utter lack of experience in running for public office whilst simultaneously touting her own foreign policy credentials as secretary of state between 2008 and 2013. Clinton also managed to swerve difficult questions about her emails, and Trump’s flagrant attacks, including criticism of her marriage and a suggestion that her campaign team incited violence at a rally of his in Chicago earlier in the week, did not have the intended effect.

The media and viewers alike have come to the consensus that Hillary Clinton was the winner of the debate. CNN’s poll, conducted after the debate, showed that a whopping 52% of the audience said Hillary Clinton won the debate, whilst Trump fell short at 39%. A massive debate audience amassed in America, with over 70 million people viewing the debate across the country.

It was Trump’s insinuation that he would not accept the election result in November that will affect his campaign the most. In 1960 Richard Nixon lost narrowly to JFK but said that the presidency of the United States of America should never be in doubt. With protracted conflicts in the Middle East and tensions running high with Russia, the United States will inevitably play an ever-increasing role in world security and geo-politics. So, the presidency, as suggested by Nixon in the 1960s, should never be in doubt. No matter who the winner is the result should be accepted by both candidates.