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Brightly-flashing neon signs could not have illuminated any better the choice facing American voters in the Nov. 8 election that was on display Monday night during the first presidential debate.

Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and Secretary of State who is the Democrats’ nominee for president, was poised and well-prepared as she squared off against Republican rival Donald Trump in their first face-to-face showdown.

She displayed the knowledge, judgement, and temperment needed to occupy the Oval Office and, dare we say it, the “stamina” to do the job.

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, quickly unravelled under Mrs. Clinton’s persistent needling—coming across more like a petulant child than someone seeking to be the next president of the United States.

Most agree Mrs. Clinton won the debate hands down; and certainly the general consensus is that she is the most qualified candidate for president. So why isn’t her election on Nov. 8 not a slam dunk? How is it that polling data routinely shows a race that has been tightening over the past few weeks, not widening?

In a nutshell, how is it that Mr. Trump even has a chance at capturing the White House in six short weeks?

Is Mrs. Clinton perfect? No. Is her record and actions in public office open to criticism? Certainly. Despite all her baggage, though, she stands head and shoulders above Mr. Trump—which was painfully obvious for all to see Monday night.

Rainy River District residents have no say in the matter, of course. But the United States is the most powerful nation on Earth and its decisions and course of actions have consequences here in Canada and right around the world.

We only can hope our American neighbours make sure they give their top job—and the heavy burden of responsibility that goes with it—to the right person.

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