Abortion, foreign policy and immigration, the US Supreme Court and fitness to become president were among the issues in the final US presidential debate before the November 8th election.
Republican nominee Donald Trump raised eyebrows when moderator Chris Wallace asked if he would accept the election results win-or-lose and Trump answered “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.” Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called the response “horrifying.” Republicans said Trump’s suggestion that the election is “rigged” is doing the country a great disservice. The Republican National Committee says it will accept the results of next month’s election, even if Trump doesn’t. RNC official Sean Spicer says, “We’re going to respect the will of the people.”
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended Trumps position on ABC’s Good Morning America. “He’s saying that until the results are actually known, certified and verified, he’s not going to concede an election. He just doesn’t know what will happen.”
Jackson Proskow with Global News was in Las Vegas for the debate and he like others was surprised by Trump’s answer. “This is really a remarkable place to be. To have a major party candidate not willing, right now during the election process, to commit to a peaceful transition to the next leader–it’s remarkable to think that Donald Trump is laying it all out on the table like this, yet that’s where we are right now.”
Mount Royal University political scientist David Tara tells Global News the statement has shocked the campaign. “That fed into the view of him as someone off the grid, a hot head, he’s unstable, and I think there will be aftershocks, unless he walks it back.”
Trump has dominated the Twitter conversation surrounding the third and final presidential debate. Twitter says Trump was the subject of 60% of the tweets sent about the candidates. The top tweeted moment was Trump and Clinton discussing treatment of women. The second most tweeted was Trump’s refusal to say if he would accept the results win or lose.