2016-09-28 / Political Page

Good Intentions Not Enough


Hillary Clinton speaking at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. 
Photo Gage Skidmore Hillary Clinton speaking at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo Gage Skidmore Last Monday’s “DEBATE OF THE CENTURY” started off properly enough, with debaters Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agreeing to use first names. But while discussing the first topic, “Achieving Prosperity,” the talk got out of hand after about 9 minutes because of job proposals and higher taxes. Hillary’s plan included higher taxes from bosses, which Donald didn’t like and he told that to Secretary Clinton.

About this point, Moderator Lester Holt, NBC News, interrupted to ask Donald, “Why didn’t you release your tax returns this year?” – a very touchy subject for Donald, who answered he would, “when she (Secretary Clinton) releases her 33,000 missing e-mails (a very touchy subject with Secretary Clinton).”

But Donald did answer Holt’s question, responding, “Because they’re being audited.” The next discussion was on the “Birther” topic (had President Barack Obama proven he was born in the United States), and Trump, who started the fuss didn’t bother, because he had admitted he was wrong about it.


Donald Trump New Hampshire Town Hall in Derry, NH. 
Photo Michael Vadon Donald Trump New Hampshire Town Hall in Derry, NH. Photo Michael Vadon The opening moments of the debate set the pattern for the rest of it, with Hillary being too strong, pouncing to explain the background of each issue, and seeming to tire out Trump.

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