Time: 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, 6 p.m PT)
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and Co-Anchor of “This Week,” ABC
Moderator: Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN
Location: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting. Half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
The Lesser of Two Evils
Born in the former Greek territory of Cyprus, Lida Leondis, a 21-year-old English major now living in Astoria, Queens, is not eligible to vote because she isn’t a U.S. citizen.
But if she was, Leondis she said she would register as an independent and support Hillary Clinton. “I’m rooting for Hillary Clinton for sure. I mean it’s not that I’m the biggest advocate for her by any means. To be honest, I think between the two she’s definitely the lesser of two evils,” she said.
In the lobby of the Hunter West Building and dressed in a faded denim button down shirt, black denim jeans and brown leather Chelsea boots, Leondis said, “As an immigrant, Trump is incredibly threatening to my future of being in the country.” Trump has made clear his opinion on immigrants in the United States. “But that’s not the only reasoning, I mean the man is crazy,” she said. “He’s actually lost his mind. What’s even crazier is that there are so many people who are voting for him. It’s actually quite eye opening, it says a lot about the people of America.”
Danielle Kiegens registered as an independent about a month ago and said she was excited to be voting in her first presidential election come November. Why an independent? The 20-year-old computer science major said, “I have conservative financial views generally speaking but liberal social views so I can’t really commit to one side of the table.”
Dressed in black Adidas joggers, white Adidas Stan Smith sneakers and a white T-shirt, Kiegens, a Williamsburg native, expressed extreme distaste about Trump. “I’m rooting for Hillary. I just don’t think there’s any better option. Trump is a disaster, really despicable human being. I can’t bring myself to vote for him let alone even watch him speak.
It’s disgusting,” she said in between bites of her croissant while in the Hunter third-floor student cafeteria.
There’s a recurring theme this campaign. Most people are not content with either of the candidates, according to the polls and news stories. Thus, many see their options as deciding on the lesser of two evils. With that being said, it brings up a question many of us have: How did either of them qualify to be a candidate for the presidency.
[Editor’s Note: Several WORD writers were given this assignment. And stories may be added throughout today, October 9]
By Anthony Falletta