Surprisingly, substantive policy issues were discussed during the first president debate Monday night despite all the rancor and theatrics of this electoral season. If you didn’t pay close attention Monday night, however, it was easy to miss. In between the insults, name-calling, and interruptions, serious issues, notably education and the economy, were briefly discussed.

“Hillary Clinton” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

“Hillary Clinton” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Moderator Lester Holt started the debate asking how each candidate would help strengthen the American economy and increase American workers’ incomes and job prospects. The two candidates responded with plans on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Hillary Clinton spoke of greater investment in the burgeoning manufacturing, innovation, technology, and renewable energy sectors of the economy to ensure American economic superiority not just in these sectors, but in the global economy as a whole (Fact Check). The Bridging Nations Foundation agrees that investing in the technology and renewable energy sectors is crucial for strengthening America’s economy and retaining its global economic hegemony. Moreover, the Bridging Nations Foundation has started the “Education 2 Employment” initiative, College of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and E-Lock Cyber College to positively affect the American worker’s employability in these sectors.

“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Donald Trump, on the other hand, discussed his plans to renegotiate America’s trade deals and America’s need for better trade agreements (Fact Check). The Bridging Nations Foundation agrees with the basic premise that America and global powers like China and India need to work together to ensure economic prosperity for their nations, as well as the world. Additionally, Bridging Nations believes that these nations will enjoy increased economic cooperation, and thus prosperity, after their domestic economic crises have been resolved. In an effort to help combat the American economic crises of diversifying the workforce to the new burgeoning economic sectors like cybersecurity and renewable energy, the Bridging Nations Foundation has opened colleges directed towards increasing employability in these sectors. Furthermore, the Bridging Nations Foundation’s initiative, “US-India-China Bridges” aims to foster greater political discourse, cultural exposure, and understanding between the three nations with the goal of increasing economic cooperation and prosperity.

Although there were many entertaining moments of little substantive value during the debates, both candidates discussed key platform planks regarding the economy. Both candidates, regardless of their different political ideologies, addressed issues pertinent to the American public and proposed some methods to tackle those issues. Similarly, the Bridging Nations Foundation has anticipated these issues, enacted initiatives, and started colleges to address them head-on.

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Written by: Hunter Evans, Outreach Intern at Bridging Nations Foundation 

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