©Alen Lauzan Falcon/ Politicalcartoons.com
Show Me Your Taxes, Show Me Your Emails!
 
On September 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first of three presidential debates. They clashed over serious issues like national security, America's invasion of Iraq in 2003, trade, and foreign policy. But they also exchanged some personal attacks: Clinton said that Trump's reluctance to release his tax returns suggests he hadn’t paid taxes in years; Trump retorted that he'll disclose his tax records if Clinton will disclose the 33,000 emails she deleted from her private email server while serving as the secretary of state.
  1. How are the two candidates depicted in the cartoon? What do the symbols on their faces represent?
  2. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
  3. Do you think questions relating to Trump's tax records and Clinton's deleted emails are as important as issues like national security, terrorism, and the economy? Why or why not?
  4. What kinds of questions do you think presidential candidates need to address in a debate to win over undecided voters?
  5. Do you think using personal attacks in a debate helps or hurts a candidate? Explain.