Politics and Parenting: How Should The Candidates Treat Each Other?

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SCRANTON--The third and final presidential debate was a bitter one.

There was name calling, finger-pointing and no handshake between the candidates.

"They're like children, they're like kindergarten children. Come on. Get over it," said Mildred Pagan of Old Forge who was at McDade Park in Scranton with her grandchildren.

In Scranton, parents and grandparents had harsh words for Clinton and Trump.

"It's a disgrace, it's a disgrace. It's just ridiculous. In the United States of America you have two candidates like that and they're just fighting back and forth, they're not getting down to the real issues that we have to know about,” said grandmother Maureen Cawley of Scranton.

No name-calling, no finger-pointing, no bullying.

These are things these caregivers are teaching young children.

Nine-year old Emilie of Scranton says she follows the golden rule and grown-ups should too.

“Treat people the way you want to be treated."

And yet, people Newswatch 16 spoke with say the candidates running for the most important job in the country, perhaps the world, may not be treating each other the way they should.

"We talk about the golden rule and treating others as we would want to be treated but I also try to instill in them sort of an ethno-relevant viewpoint of the platinum rule. Which is treat others as they would like to be treated,” said Dina Udomsak.

Parents also say it's especially important that political leaders act as role models for children.

"Yeah, I think that's imperative. Our children are our future, so yes!" said Udomsak.