On Tuesday, Oct. 4, people around the world tuned in as vice presidential candidates Mike Pence (R) and Tim Kaine (D) met face to face to participate in the only 2016 vicepresidential debate. It was a highly anticipated event after Trump and Clinton went toe to toe in a no-holds-barred style debate just one week earlier. The candidates for president have remained close in this race and many are waiting for the breaking point.
With the elections inching closer and the second presidential debate just days away, this debate was thought to be important because, with many voters undecided, the hope was that the vice presidential candidates would shed some light on what seemed to be a stalemate.
Pence did very well and was considered by most the winner of the vice presidential debate. He presented himself much differently than Donald Trump. He was calm, when under the attack he fired back with precision and coolness. It was as if he did not feel the need to defend Trump or to sell him.
Kaine seemed very combative and very desperate. He kicked many dead horses but made it clear that he would fight for Clinton and support her throughout the campaign, no matter the outcome. Donald Trump’s rhetoric seemed to be the focus of Kaine’s attacks and Pence denied some accusations and dismissed most of the rest.
When it came to the issues being discussed, it was boring. There was talk of a wall to combat illegal immigration. Community policing was addressed. Gun control, Social Security and then came abortion, again. There was nothing new. There were not any definitive solutions offered.
Among undecided voters, there are as many millennials now as baby boomers and their votes could be the difference between “Making America Great Again” and “Hillary for America.” But will they vote?
The Los Angeles Times asks,” What are undecided voters waiting for?” Well, according to the Pew Research Center, their indecision has various aspects.
Pew reported, “… young-adult turnout depends on factors besides demographics: the candidates, the success of voter mobilization efforts as well as satisfaction with the economy and direction of the country.”
Millennials are being ignored along with the issues that are important to them. The Chronicle’s editorial board, which consists of 18-35 year olds from various walks of life, watched the vice presidential debate to reach consensus. Education, economy, race relations, national security reform, immigration and the future of our country are on the forefront of what matters to us.
Andrew Castillo, 20, a student here at Richland, grew up with roots in government. He views himself as an independent. His grandmother and grandfather worked for the government in immigrations and the treasury. He feels that both candidates are qualified in different ways. “Trump is a businessman and Hillary has 30 years in politics.”
The millennials on our panel find it hard to eliminate either candidate because each one has appeal. In opposition, both can be repulsive at times and it can be frustrating for everyone. Our editorial board agrees that the problem is that neither candidate cares about what millennials need for the future.
When asked about Social Security, Pence stated in Trump’s defense that they would uphold their responsibility to seniors. No “how” was given and that is a concern for the younger voters.
We realize that the baby boomers are a large generation, but we also realize that the things that moved them forward are not moving us further.
We need a candidate who is in tune with our issues. We want a candidate who presents policies to safeguard our future.
Many millennials see the good and bad in both candidates but it looks like it will be Election Day before we know if either will give us the motivation to actually go vote.