The first presidential debate took place on Sept. 29 and has been a hot topic on social media since that night. A lot of the responses from younger viewers were memes but in other instances, it was reactions from the comments that were said by both candidates, President Donald Trump and democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Watching the first debate was cringe-worthy but interesting. I have never been seriously into politics until this year since this will be the first big election I will vote. So, understanding the candidates, their stances and political positions is very important to me right now because I don’t want to vote for the wrong person.
That Tuesday night made me realize how important these presidential debates are, especially for first-time voters. Young people, ages 18 years or older, can joke around on social media about the events that took place during that debate, but this is not a joking matter at this point.
The younger generations represent a big chunk of eligible voters, so their votes will be important this year. That’s why we keep seeing ads on our social media timeline screaming at us to register to vote, which by the way, the last day to register is Friday.
As a college student, I do encourage young people to not only register to vote but to also watch these debates. Election Day is only less than a month away, and unless there’s a delay due to the increasing number of mail-in ballots. One of the candidates will become President of the United States for the next four years on Nov. 3. I understand that some of the candidates may not be a favorite to some, but either way, the vote will always matter and be appreciated.
The first 2020 United States vice presidential debate will be held Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. During that debate, I encourage all to pay attention to the vice president nominees political positions, how well they speak and voice their opinions and most importantly, how they treat their opponent.
Vice presidential debates are not often talked about or watched, but it’s just as important as the presidential debate. The vice president nominees represent their running mate. Most of the time, the vice presidents’ views are exactly, if not, almost similar to their running mate. So, it’s important to watch them as they will be the second-in-command of leading the country.
I understand some people get a good laugh when politicians argue with each other. Trust me, I had my fair share of laughter during the presidential debates and the memes on social media afterward. But in all seriousness, I understand things like this important and voting for a wrong individual will impact the country I’m in.
Last but not least, do not vote for a candidate because a relative said to do so. Everyone who is registered to vote must vote for a candidate because they agree with their policies and positions themselves. People can have an influence on who to vote, but what matters the most is if that individual agrees with the candidate and the political party themselves.
That being said, please stay tuned for the vice presidential debate tonight and the remainder of the debates until Election Day. At the end of the day, the vote will always matter.