As the presidential campaign moves on to the seven-week stretch before the first nationally televised debate by the party nominees, the voters have the serious task of sorting out who can best be trusted to lead this great country over the next four years.
On the simplest level, the choice is between Donald Trump, who denies the basic premise that this is a great country and pledges to make it great again, and Hillary Clinton, who says it is great now and she will keep it so.
Two minor-party candidates, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, will be using the time trying to build 15 percent support in five designated public opinion polls to qualify in the three debates conducted by the independent Commission on Presidential Debates, starting on Sept. 26.
Right now, Johnson with about 5 percent support is considered to have a better chance than Stein. Even a minor third-party vote could affect the outcome, as longshot Ralph Nader demonstrated in 2000.