Campaign 2016 Debate

In this photo taken Sept. 21, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Orlando, Fla. The 2016 campaign for president reaches what may be a decisive milestone: the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is an analytical reader that should largely stand until mid-afternoon, with updates on merits in the event of breaking news. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ORG XMIT: WX301

Matt Rourke

Pundits and the media have successfully made the presidential election into a popularity contest. This election should be about five things only — which candidate will: 

1) Protect and abide by the Constitution.

2) Protect our Second Amendment rights.

3) Put meaningful controls on immigration.

4) Get the national budget and debt under control.

5) Appoint judges to the Supreme Court who will respect the Constitution.

There is only one candidate who meets that standard, and if you cannot figure it out, then you are already lost and there is no use in me providing his name here.

Louis A. Schwartz

retired truck dealer

New Orleans