It’s not clear if last night’s presidential debate will help anyone on the fence about voting in the US election.
Early voting has started, which means American expats in Canada can send in a ballot.
Greg Anderson, an Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at the U of A, tells the Alberta Morning News you have to have a long attention span to get engaged in these debates.
“Last night’s debate, at least, after about 30 minutes there was some substance. The coherence of that substance was sometimes up in the air, but they did actually try to talk about some serious issues.”
The number of people turned off by the campaigning may be an advantage for Donald Trump.
“There’s nothing conventional about this campaign,” says Anderson. “But conventional wisdom had tended to dictate that if you have low voter turnout, it tends to favour the Republicans, but it many ways, all bets are off.”
He says Americans living up here may not have much incentive to take the steps to send in a vote.
“Presidential contests are always a little bit like this, but this one has been unusually strange and bitter.”
There’s one more debate to go before the election in November. (kdr, AMN)