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The Last Of Those Entertaining US Presidential Debates – OpEd

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Photos Wikipedia Commons.Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Photos Wikipedia Commons.

Watching the presidential debates is like watching the aftermath of an automobile accident. You’ve all seen it: people holding up traffic as they gawk at the wreckage, trying to get a glimpse of someone else’s misfortune. The presidential debates hold the same fascinating horror, except that the gawkers share in the misfortune.

There’s something wrong with a political system that offers voters the choice of two candidates, both of whom are viewed as more unfavorable than favorable by voters. And yet, I find myself in odd agreement with the main messages both candidates are trying to convey to viewers.

The main message Trump has tried to convey in the first two debates is that Clinton is unfit for the presidency, and the main message Clinton has tried to convey is that Trump is unfit for the presidency.

I often disagree with politicians, but in this case their messages are very convincing.

This article was published at The Beacon.

About the Author

Randall G. Holcombe
Randall G. Holcombe
Randall G. Holcombe is Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, past President of the Public Choice Society, and past President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and has taught at Texas A&M University and Auburn University. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute and was a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

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