As we finally approach the general election in November, The Roar will keep you up to date on major events in the Presidential Election that happened over the last week. Each week, Rachel and Rachel will each report on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s major campaign speeches and announcements.

by Rachel Swartz, staff reporter

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the final presidential debate was held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave an extensive discussion on a possibly rigged election, gun rights, abortion, and the Supreme Court.

Trump has largely expressed his pro-life views throughout his campaign. He believes that it is the basic importance of the federal government to protect its citizens, stating that life is the most elemental entitlement. In the past, Trump has been pro-choice, but has explained that he changed sides due to a personal experience.

The first question of the debate was about the future of the Supreme Court, ensuing the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia in early February. Trump started off by stating that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was forced to apologize for her derogatory comments towards him. The Republican nominee followed through with the Second Amendment and for his selected justices to comprehend the Constitution.

“We need law and order. But we need justice too.”

by Rachel Lamb, executive editor

Hillary had a strong debate performance, taking a slightly more aggressive stance and successfully frazzling Donald Trump.

Hillary started off strong, passionately speaking about her pro-choice stance, and how the results of this election will impact the direction of America.  She directly stated her support of Roe V. Wade, the importance of the supreme court, particularly regarding citizens united, and her support of the second amendment. She also discussed her foreign policy plans for Syria and the middle east, and stated her support of a no-fly zone in Syria.  She also again said that within her first 100 days in office she wanted to pass comprehensive Immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

As Clinton heads into the next 18 days, she continues to poll well above Trump, with many previous Republican strongholds, including Texas, becoming toss up states.  Clinton has begun to increase campaign efforts in Arizona and other states that had previously leaned more Republican.  She is also focusing more at looking at down the ballet races, hoping to elect a Democratic majority in the House and Senate.

“Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth — and I don’t think there is a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”