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The U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan organization the handles matters relating to general election debates, said on 14 October 2016 that it had invited Hillary Clinton (Democratic party nominee) and Donald J. Trump (Republican representative) to America’s third presidential debate.
Gary Johnson (Libertarian candidate) and Jill Stein of the Green Party were excluded from the invitations as they failed to reach the stipulated minimum 15 percent votes.
In a statement, the CPD said that its board of directors had “determined that the polling averages called for in the third criterion are as follows: Hillary Clinton (45.8%), Donald Trump (40.4%), Gary Johnson (7.0%) and Jill Stein (2.2%). Accordingly, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump qualify to participate in the October 19 debate. No other candidates satisfied the criteria for inclusion in the October 19 debate.”
Candidates were expected to reach an average of at least 15 percent in the following polls to participate in one of the CPD’s 2016 presidential debates:
- ABC-Washington Post
- CBS-New York Times
- CNN-Opinion Research Corporation
- Fox News
- NBC-Wall Street Journal
Following a perceived victory for Trump at Wednesday’s presidential debates, this is what House Representatives are saying about the U.S. Republican presidential candidate.
“During tonight’s final debate, Hillary Clinton confirmed that, if elected, she’ll continue pursuing the failed policies of Barack Obama that have led to the slowest economic growth since the 1940’s, and that have made America less safe and secure.
“In the face of constant attacks from his rival and unprecedented media bias, Mr. Trump remained strong and focused on the issues important to the American people. He communicated his plans for America while Hillary Clinton danced around serious ethical charges regarding the Clinton Foundation, her secret e-mail server, and her campaign’s instigation of violence at Trump rallies.
“Tonight, Donald Trump succeeded in reminding the American people once again that Hillary Clinton’s actions have disqualified her from being our Commander-In-Chief.” – Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)
“This election is about the direction and future of America. Voters have a real choice between a distinct set of ideas and leadership values offered by both candidates. But it’s Donald Trump who’s got the right message and a pro-growth agenda that resonates with workers and families struggling under Obama’s economy.
“Trump is also the national security candidate who’s committed to strengthening America’s military and defending America’s global interests without reservation.
“On these issues, which are among the most important to the American people, Trump is the only choice for a stronger and more prosperous nation.” – Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
“Once again, Donald Trump won the debate. He showed that we have a clear choice between Hillary Clinton’s four more years of the same failed policies of President Obama, or Mr. Trump’s vision to bring positive change to the American people through a renewed economy, pro-growth tax policies, repealing and replacing Obamacare, defeating ISIS, and regaining respect for the United States on the world stage.” –Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)
“Last night Americans were reminded why we cannot afford another four years of the Clinton-Obama record of abysmal economic growth and declining respect globally. Donald Trump showed he understands the complexities of Syria and proved that Hillary failed during her tenure at the State Department — our world is less safe because of her decisions.
“Mr. Trump the only candidate with innovative plans to stimulate our nation’s economy by bringing back jobs to our shores. He’s the only candidate that will put America first and recapture its standing around the world and make America a safer place to raise a family.” -Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)
“Donald Trump proved once again that he is the true voice of the change America needs. He is focused on charting a new course of economic prosperity, job growth, and national security while Hillary Clinton is determined to double down on the same policies that are failing the American people.
“Trump is committed to appointing individuals to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution. The nation is yearning for a brighter future, and Donald Trump’s commitment to putting the American people first shows why he should be elected our next president.” – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
“Our nation needs someone who will fight for jobs for our communities because that is what we need and that is what is fair. That person is clearly Donald Trump. A Hillary Clinton presidency is unacceptable. She is striving to create a liberal Supreme Court to carry on her agenda for years and arrogantly believes she can say one thing publicly, then privately carry out and entirely different agenda. She has demonstrated recklessness regarding classified information and risked American lives simply for her personal convenience. We need someone who cares about our families. That is Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton.” – Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
“For the Supreme Court, for the security of our borders and for tax relief for millions of American families, farmers and small business owners, Donald Trump once again showed why he is the best choice to be the next President of the United States of America. After three debates, it’s now clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate who can lead our country in a positive direction and put an end to the failures of the Clinton-Obama policies. On the key issues Donald Trump’s proposals win on the merits and provide the path forward that America has been lacking for the past eight years.” –Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)
“Last night’s debate set the tone for the remaining 20 days of the 2016 election. We watched in concert with the rest of the world as Donald Trump laid out a vision of prosperity and security for our nation and her people. In stark contrast, we saw carefully orchestrated talking points that Secretary Clinton used to outline a plan for the continuation of the failed policies of the current administration. These failed policies have increased the size of the federal government and decreased living standards for everyday Americans.
“What remains to be seen is if the media will continue their biased and relentless assault of Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump’s performance reflected the sentiments of many Americans and it is my sincere hope that the media focuses on the difference of policy positions rather than the personalities.” – Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)