HOUSTON - There are three things that really matter to locals here in Houston and in the surrounding areas: Immigration, Healthcare and Energy; so how did the presidential candidates handle the issues in the final debate Wednesday evening?
Of all of the topics our next president must confront, perhaps none are more passionately debated than illegal immigration. But the candidates do not agree on how to best tackle this issue.
Hillary Clinton supports a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. She opposes a large-scale expansion of the border wall.
She supports Obama’s policy of deporting violent criminals but wants to scale back the current administration’s immigration raids.
Donald Trump opposes a pathway to citizenship and plans to extend a huge wall along the Mexican border. He supports a deportation task force to prioritize the removal of criminals and vows to crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.
Houston has the world’s largest medical center. Healthcare is a big issue and both candidates have vastly different approaches.
Clinton wants to maintain and build upon the affordable care act, she wants to work with governors to establish a public option plan. She also wants to protect Planned Parenthood and promotes the expansion of Medicaid.
Trump wants to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. His plan would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines. They could also enroll in tax-free health savings accounts to pay out-of-pocket costs. Trump also wants to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
The energy sector is Houston’s biggest employer the candidates’ plans could have a direct impact on jobs here.
Clinton wants to invest billions of dollars in renewable clean energy. She wants to reduce oil and gas subsidies. She opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline but supports fracking.
Trump wants to ramp up fossil fuel production. He wants to lift moratoriums on energy production in federal areas.
He supports the Keystone XL Pipeline and he wants to invest in the coal industry.
As both candidates have plans for where they want to take the country, voters will have the final say come Election Day, November 8.