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7 Vital Issues We Have To Hear About In The Next GOP Debates

We've got a lot of burning questions, to say the least.

On Thursday (August 6), 10 of the GOP's 17 hopefuls for 2016 presidential race faced off in their first primetime debate. In terms of the topics of discussion, it was was a trail mix of subjects -- there were M&Ms and maybe a couple of pistachios, but we wanted almonds, walnuts and craisins too. That is, of course, to say that some of the most important issues were left out or barely included.

Here are some of the topics we're still waiting for answers on:

  • The Environment And Climate Change

    In the entire transcript of the 2-hour-long debate, there's not a single mention of "climate change" or "the environment" in the whole thing, except one allusion to an "economic environment" (so think taxes, not trees).

    Based on previous interviews, debates and speeches, we know the candidates run the gamut in their views on the environment -- for example, Jeb Bush thinks humans are contributing to climate change, while Donald Trump thinks it's, "bullsh-t." In any case, the state of earth was pretty underrepresented last night, or actually, not represented at all.

  • Legalization of Marijuana

    Again, we know that the candidates have their own nuanced views this, but there wasn't any mention of it last night.

  • Gun Control

    In the wake of the tragedies at Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette, the silence around gun control seemed unusual.

  • Workplace Discrimination

    How do the candidates hope to address the wage gap, or the fact that there's still not a federal law that protects LGBTQ folks from workplace discrimination? We'll be listening for answers.

  • College And Tuition

    What do the candidates plan on doing to make college more accessible and affordable? How do they plan to address sexual assault on campus? We didn't hear any ideas last night.

  • #BlackLivesMatter

    Last night's discussion around police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement lasted for less than 60 seconds, so needless to say, there's a lot to still be discussed. Ironically, a commercial for "Straight Outta Compton" played almost immediately after this discussion -- a movie about the group who famously created the song "F--k The Police."

  • 'Teens,' 'Youth' And 'Young People'

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 23% of Americans are under the age of 18. That's a lot of people, and there's a lot to talk about, but there was almost no discussion in the primetime debate around "teens," "youth" or "young people."

    The closest attempt to address non-adults were Jeb Bush's remarks in the discussion around the Common Core educational system. "Around a third of our kids, after we spend more per student than any country in the world other than a couple rounding errors, to be honest with you, 30 percent are college- and/or career-ready," he said.

What do the candidates plan to do about high school dropout rates? Unwanted teen pregnancy? Addressing unemployment amongst young people? These are just some of the myriad questions we're eager to find answers for in the coming debates. And hopefully, those answers are coming.