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Based on a range of polling results, the topics for Thursday evening’s presidential debate chosen by the evening’s moderator seem to align more closely with the priorities of the national political media elite than with those of the American electorate.

The topics selected ignore what surveys show is Americans’ top priority: the economy. The moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, also omitted another issue of acute public concern – crime, or law and order – and elevated the issue of climate change to a position of centrality that it does not occupy for the voting public.

The Trump campaign said the selected debate topics are further evidence of biased moves by the Commission on Presidential Debates to harm President Trump’s reelection chances. Read more…