Thirty-Six Things Discussed in Presidential Debates More Often Than Our Drug Problems

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Mar 11 2016

Thirty-Six Things Discussed in Presidential Debates More Often Than Our Drug Problems

The 2016 presidential race has defied almost everyone’s expectations. Whether it’s building a wall along the Mexican border, the KKK, or hating on all Muslims, the topics have been “surprising,” to say the least. To help us make sense of it all, The New York Times has just released a graphic mapping the subjects most mentioned during presidential debates so far.

You might think that with tens of thousands of drug-related fatalities per year in the US—far more than from Islamic terrorism, for example, which has resulted in 29 deaths on US soil during the past decade—US drug problems would be high on the list.

Not so much. Here are 36 things that have been discussed more during presidential debates than drug issues:
1. Islamic State 2. Immigration 3. Taxes
4. Healthcare 5. Military Power 6. Jobs
7. Iran 8. Guns 9. Anti-Washington
10. Budget and debt 11. Education 12. Ground troops
13. Reagan 14. Criminal justice 15. Syria
16. Russia 17. Trade 18. Constitution
19. Race 20. Sept. 11 attacks 21. Wall Street
22. Income inequality 23. Climate Change 24. China
25. Supreme court 26. Libya 27. Campaign finance
28. Veterans 29. Iraq/Afghanistan 30. North Korea
31. Clean energy 32. Abortion 33. Social Security
34. Infrastructure 35. Israel 36. Refugees
 
Drug issues aren’t quite bottom of the pile, however. This detail from the Times graphic shows some of the subjects that have been discussed slightly less often. Hand size is our favorite.
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