There’s only so much you can cover in a single debate, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump hit a lot of key issues Monday night. But their 90-minute slugfest left out some big topics, including a thorough accounting of the candidates’ positions on immigration, a discussion of their vastly different views on health care reform and their opinions about the possible looming shutdown of the federal government due to an impasse in Congress.
Trump didn’t even bring up the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, for which he’s consistently blamed Clinton.
“We covered a lot of ground ― not everything, as I suspected we wouldn’t,” NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, the moderator, said at the end of the evening.
Some topics came up briefly ― Clinton jabbed Trump for his stance on climate change and Trump boasted about an endorsement from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union, for example ― but they didn’t get questions, and there’s plenty more to say.
Here are some issues voters would benefit from hearing the candidates battle over during the upcoming presidential debates on Oct. 9 and 19, and during the vice presidential debate between Democratic nominee Tim Kaine and GOP nominee Mike Pence:
- Supreme Court nominations
- Gun violence
- Climate change
- Abortion rights
- LGBTQ rights
- The opioid addiction epidemic
- The war on drugs
- The Trump Foundation and the Clinton Foundation
- Trump University
- Health care reform
- Housing costs
- College affordability and student loan debt
- Voting rights and voter ID laws
- Veterans health care
- Education and the Common Core
- Entitlement programs
- Mental health care
- Military spending
- Campaign finance
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.