Presidential Debate questions voters’ decisions


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Karl Becker posses with Ken Bone, another member of the audience at the Town Hall debate. "The next day we went back to Washington University and it was a very long day with a lot of interviews." Becker along with Bone experienced a lot of home town fame for a couple of weeks following the debate.

During the second Presidential Debate, a Washington, Mo. citizen, Karl Becker, put Washington on the map by asking an innocent question at the Town Hall style debate held at Washington University Oct. 9, 2016.

When Becker stood to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to name one thing they respected about each other, he had no idea that such a simple question would cause such a frenzy among the rest of the world. Within seconds, iconic superstars in the social media world were tweeting and sharing posts about Becker.

“I wanted to ask a question to determine who had the leadership skills to take us into the next four to eight years,” Becker said. “Nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t a got you question, it was just a simple question.”

Becker’s simple-minded question highlights the fact that some positivity and happiness is what the world is searching for instead of negativity and criticism.

“Hearing people say, whether young or old, that they really appreciated the question and it has stirred up dialogue to help them decide, is more than I could have ever hoped for,” Becker said.

Becker went into the Town Hall Debate like the majority of Americans: undecided. Despite his attempt to clarify the decision, he gained new knowledge throughout the short fame of a clear question.

“When it comes time to vote, the night before the polls open is when I will make my decision,” Becker said. “I’m not sure what the decision is, but I know that there are four candidates, two front runners and the ability one has of not voting.”