MISSING: Millennial issues at the presidential debate

MISSING: Millennial issues at the presidential debate

New Leaders Council released the following memo following the presidential town hall debate. 


To: Interested Parties
From: Matti Miranda, Policy Director, New Leaders Council Innovation Foundation
Date: October 10, 2016

Subject: MISSING: Millennial issues in the presidential town hall

There was rarely a dull moment this past weekend. Many of us were on the edge of our seats waiting to see the two major party presidential candidates participate in the second presidential event of the year.

We watched closely in hopes that the town hall would lead to a dialogue on the issues that are most critical to millennials.

Unfortunately, at this town hall, issues that millennials care about the most – the economy, climate, and race – were either missing completely or placed to the side. Concerns of millennials, this nation’s largest generation, were not expressed during this town hall.

After the announcement of Vice President Gore joining the campaign trail, and the news that nearly 1,000 people were killed as a result of Hurricane Matthew, millennials hoped climate and energy would be placed at the forefront of discussion Sunday night. Polling continues to show that the economy is the top issue for millennials and it was not discussed on Sunday. And given that this debate took place 20 minutes away from Ferguson, Missouri, we millennials were all but certain that race and equality would feature prominently. There too, we were disappointed.

Millennial issues are family issues, are economic issues, and are equity issues. We need a healthy environment in which to raise our families, and a vibrant economic system of rising wages and pervasive opportunity. We need serious answers to major policy issues. This debate did not provide them.