The first presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump is today – and whatever your political leanings are, you cannot deny that this has been a remarkable campaign thus far, with Trump uttering extraordinary comment after extraordinary comment and Clinton seemingly adding to the list of things she has been less than truthful about.
The two very different candidates should make for an interesting initial presidential debate, not just because it is my first as a resident here, but because of the wildly different people pitching for your votes.
I am most definitely not a Trump fan, but there is no doubt in my mind that his brand of bullish, narcissistic political standings have made this campaign one to watch. From an expat perspective, I have learned the most about the political workings of this country and garnered a better understanding of what its people think and feel about issues from the reactions, retaliations and punditry that often followed a Trump musing. This too goes for Clinton, whom I am also not a fan of, with the reactions, retaliations and punditry around her campaign. What has become apparent to me is the level, and scope to which people feel marginalised with how the politics of this country has been carried out up until now. There seems to be a definite call for things not to be done the way they have always been done – political change is a shout that has got ever louder.
Marginalisation, or a thirst for political change, seems to be a big driver for voters, and it leaves me wondering what this could mean for the country. Will it mean Trump is a shoe in as he represents the opposite of what the American people have had so far? Will it mean Clinton is going to have to convince people that she is for that change too? The first presidential debate of Clinton vs. Trump may be the stone by which the political climate will be set …
What are your pre-debate predictions for how things will go? If you are reading this article post-debate, how do you think it went and what do you think this means for America?