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These Are The Questions You’ll Likely Hear At Sunday’s Presidential Debate

People are really concerned about two key topics

Sunday nights usually reserved for those few precious moments in everyone’s week to spend time with family, read a good book, catch up with friends, or simply relax in solitude. But not this Sunday. No, no—this Sunday is fight night in America.

On Sunday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will return to the stage for the second presidential debate. And if the first debate was any indication, the voting public should be in for a real treat.


However, this debate is a little different. Instead of the two nominees standing tall behind lecterns and answering questions posed by a moderator, they instead will be taking questions from the audience and general public.

As part of the town hall debate, the ABC and CNN moderators agreed to consider questions submitted to the Open Debate Coalition’s website. Users there can submit questions covering a wide range of topics, including gun control, the economy, foreign policy, education, and the environment, among others. From there, users can vote for the questions they hope to see at the debate. So far the site has received more than 2.5 million votes.

And isn’t this really what debates should be all about? These are questions for the people, voted on by the people. As of Friday, with more than 58,000 votes, the question users most want to hear answered is:

Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?
My son was murdered by someone who should have never had a gun. Gaps in our current system make it easy for felons & other dangerous people to buy guns online & at gun shows, no questions asked.

Beyond gun control, it appears the voting public is keen on asking both candidates about where they stand on social security and climate change. The rest of the top 10 vote-getters are:

How will you ensure the 2nd amendment is protected?
Too much crime is blamed on the tool, not the person. How will you protect law-abiding citizens to protect themselves?

Do you support expanding, and not cutting, Social Security's modest benefits?
We can easily afford to protect & expand Social Security by requiring the wealthiest Americans to contribute at the same rate as the rest of us.

Would you act to repeal Citizens United?
Take the insane amount of money out of the election process.

Would you support term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court?
Many people feel that too much power has been accrued among members of Congress, who no longer represent the needs of their constituents.

Social Security is not an entitlement or a handout. How are you going to save it?
I have paid into Social Security for over 40 years and my son has paid in for 25 years and will continue to pay. How are you going to keep our money safe for all people that have contributed?

As president, what are the steps you will take to address climate change?
Climate change is the greatest existential threat facing the country and the world today. What are three things you will do as president to address the challenges posed by a warming planet?

How do you plan to make healthcare affordable for EVERYONE?
As a self-employed, healthy young person, my insurance premiums have gone from $320/month in 2013 to $880/month in 2016. When will you get healthcare under control for those who don't get subsidies?

What will you do to make sure the ultra rich pay their fair share of taxes?
The tax rate for the richest Americans is the lowest in 30 years. A consistent rise in income inequality has followed the trend of lowering taxes for the rich, thus creating a oligarchic society.

What is your plan to combat climate change & build a green economy?
Many people here in the U.S. and around the world feel climate change is the most important issue facing humanity. Our children's futures are at stake. We need to make changes now!

Which question are you hoping to hear at Sunday night’s presidential debate? Follow along with us on Twitter throughout the debate @GOOD.

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