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The Eye Of The Beholder: How Do Others View The Upcoming Election?


The third and final presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

With that came the laser-eyed focus of the world's media on southern Nevada.

But as much as we like to think everybody cares about the American election, is that really the case?

And have attitudes about the election been any different in other parts of the United States?

KNPR's State of Nevada and the BBC World Service's "World Have Your Say" teamed up Thursday morning for in-depth coverage of Wednesday's debate and the elections in general.

The conversation at Lee's Sandwiches at Rainbow Blvd. and Spring Mountain Rd. was spirited to say the least. A variety of people from around Southern Nevada joined the BBC's Nuala McGovern, KNPR's State of Nevada's Carrie Kaufman and Peter O'Dowd from NPR & WBUR's Here & Now. 

A diverse panel gathered Thursday morning at Lee's Sandwiches to talk about the debate and election in general./Courtesy: Peter O'Dowd 

Topics ranged from abortion to guns to race relations and immigration. However, most of the debate focused on Wednesday night's debate and where each candidate stands. 

While the most current polls show Nevada is leaning blue for the election, the panel during this discussion was more evenly split between the candidates.

Following the conversation with voters, Kaufman talked with O'Dowd and McGovern about the panel discussion, the debate and the election in general. 

McGovern (left), O'Dowd (center) and Kaufman (right) at Lee's Sandwiches/Courtesy: Casey Morell

Kaufman to McGovern: What does this election look like to people in other parts of the world?

"First off, there is a voracious appetite for it! You can go anywhere and strike it up and people will talk about it.

"Donald Trump is a headline grabber -- that is something both sides can agree on. And with that, I think he is consistently, on any of the websites, the most read -- seems to be him. Hillary Clinton, maybe not clicked on as much, shall we say, when it comes to some of the articles, but there is still -- people know her. She's a name that has been around for decades. She is someone who is already familiar to our audience being Secretary of State.

"People like to watch American politics. It is a culture that -- for better or worse -- is pervasive around the globe. And people I suppose feel like they know these two characters."

Kaufman to O'Dowd: What do you thing is going to happen to this country when the election is over?

"It's not like we're going to wake up on November 9th and none of this never happened. This has been a historically strange election. I don't know. I think who ever wins is going to have an extremely hard time in the White House, working with Congress, working with the American people, regaining whatever trust maybe left.

"Listen to the conversation you had at this table today: there was no middle ground. There truly wasn't. People aren't really talking to each other and that goes from Washington, D.C. all the way down to this neighborhood in Las Vegas."

From NPR: Fact Check And Full Transcript Of Final 2016 Presidential Debate.


Nuala McGovern, BBC World Service;  Peter O'Dowd, NPR & WBUR's Here & Now

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Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Carrie Kaufman no longer works for KNPR News. She left in April 2018)