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Top 5 Reasons a Millennial Should Moderate the Presidential Debate


The Commission on Presidential Debates can't find qualified moderators. With a deficit of seasoned journalists who haven't already been discredited or defamed by a nominee, why not choose a millennial?

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The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is about a month away and according to recent reports, The Commission on Presidential Debates is having an increasingly difficult time finding qualified moderators who also won't be discredited by accusations of bias.

In case this needs to be spelled out anymore clearer for you, it's obvious that the Commission is concerned about Donald Trump. The GOP nominee is known for his feuds with media personalities and trying to discredit those who hold his feet to the fire on any issue—often claiming how unfair he's being treated.

With veteran moderators now retired or a part of the Commission itself, a hole has been left in the regulatory position of the debates. Of course, the main goal for the Commission is to also find a moderator who won't become the focus of the debate and derail from the real issues.

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Which is why I am more convinced than ever that the Commission should seriously consider a millennial journalist for the job as moderator. Here is a list of the top five reasons I believe someone from my generation would be ideal for such an important position.

1. We're the largest living generation

We recently surged past Baby Boomers as the largest living generation, making us the most powerful voting block in the country at just over 75 million.

As the biggest stakeholder in this election, we could make or break a nominees chances of making it to the White House.

If we so desired, we could also completely throw the election for a third party candidate, which I detail how in a recent piece.

To say we play a role in this election would be an understatement. As an electoral super power now we most definitely have a right to be seated at this table.

2. We hate both candidates

The Commission is worried about objectivity? Well they're in luck. A majority of millennials cannot stand Clinton nor Trump—and that includes members of their own respective parties.

Our first choices were both radically different ideologies in Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Bernie Sanders. They were distinctly different roads that stood in their own brand of sincerity and principle. That appealed to us.

To us, Trump and Clinton represent the old guard of corrupt, soulless politics that drive millennials on both sides of the aisle into a frustrated state of disgust.

I would think that an audience might appreciate a moderator that truly didn't desire either candidate to succeed on stage.

3. The nominees need us

As mentioned before, we have more voting power than any one generation in the United States now. Both candidates have been jockeying for our love and cannot figure out why we're not coming around but they know we could ultimately put them in the White House if they can convince enough of us to agree they're not totally full of it.

Having a millennial moderator would put the focus, at least for that debate, on why any person under 35 should care about the nominees.

It would be a direct platform in which Trump and Clinton could make their case that they deserve to be trusted or at the very least supported.

Plus, how the nominees treat the millennial moderator might be telling of how they feel about the generation itself.

4. The parties need us

It's not just the candidates we despise. The GOP and the Democratic party have both lost a lot of traction with millennial voters because both have lost the meaning of what they stand for.

Throughout this presidential process, millennials nationwide have started to disavow their affiliation with the two major parties and are now either aligning themselves with a third party or are back on the market.

Regardless of who becomes president this November, both parties will have taken a big rank hit (I'm one of them) and this debate may be one of the only ways that one of the two could stay on life support.

5. The prosecution of Baby Boomers

If given the opportunity, a millennial moderating this debate would allow for a unique moral authority position in which they could openly prosecute both of the Baby Boomer candidates for who, what, when and how they allowed things to get this bad as a generation that has been overwhelmingly in control for decades.

For Donald Trump it would be about his questionable ethics role in business, his loud admission that he had cheated and gamed the system and his weak record in the private sector when it comes to reputation, lies, debt, favors and manipulation.

For Hillary Clinton it would be about her corruption ties, lies and countless decades in the belly of politics—most of which has been spent in extremely influential positions--and yet we are still sitting in a cesspool of problems and conflict. How are we to believe everything would magically change if she were allowed back in the White House?

As millennials we are about to inherit a battered and bruised republic and for far too long Baby Boomers have been the majority in power. It's time these two answer for their sins and those of their brethren.

Drafting a millennial moderator could be exactly what the Debate Commission and the American people need to make an enlightened, informed and objective decision.

Wade Heath is a Speaker, Columnist and Host of The Millennial Report. Contact him: WadeTheBlaze@Gmail.com

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