Coming Attractions in the Election
The election feels like it's been going on forever. It's been over a year since the first couple campaign events and candidates' speeches. We've watched as two political revolutions grew on either end of the political spectrum (that's the alt-right movement and the Bernie movement) while establishment politicians struggled to put out fires at every turn of the race. We've listened to the militaristic, patriotic speeches at the RNC. We've laughed at the happy-go-lucky, balloon-filled DNC. In short, it's been a race for the history books.
So what's next? Coming up on September 26th is the first presidential debate. Hosted by Lester Holt of ABC at Hofstra University in New York, this is a key event to look to for some clarity on the election. The debate will be comprised of six 15 minute mini-debates about a handful of topics that will be revealed sometime this week. This is when you'll hear the candidates' final stances on key issues which should provide a sense of clarity to the slew of varied opinions, insults, and declarations of the past few months. Both campaigns have been tweaked and polished up recently so this debate will serve as a test of the strength of the campaigns as well as the candidates.
Following that, on October 4th, the two vice presidential candidates will take the debate stage. Many of the themes of this debate will come from the first presidential debate, so it's difficult to predict what the debate will look like right now. October is an action-packed month, though, with the second and third presidential debates following on the 9th and 19th, respectively.
With 50 days until election day, the race is picking up to its final sprint in the upcoming weeks. Polling is becoming more extensive as the race tightens. There are op-ed's and interviews galore as media outlets become more partisan. Facebook comment debates are becoming more heated and there's been an uptick in aggressive tweets. If you haven't been paying attention to the race thus far, now's the time.