Publicado el 09-29-2012
The Presidential Debates
On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, the first debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be held in Denver, Colorado. The debate will be televised to the whole country from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and it will be about domestic policy. Jim Lehrer, PBS journalist will be the moderator.
The second presidential debate will be on October 16th, at the same time, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York , with a Town Hall meeting and will be about domestic and foreign policy. CNN journalist, Candy Crowley, will be the moderator. The participants making questions will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
The third and last presidential debate will be held in October 22nd, at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida and will be about foreign policy. Bob Schieffer, host of the program Face the Nation, will be the moderator.
Within a very tight campaign travel schedule, both candidates have been practicing for the debates with a stand-in “opponent.” In the debates of 2008, President Obama did very well and the same could be said about Governor Romney during the Republican primary debates, although it must be noted that the personalities of these candidates are totally different.
Naturally, the tone of the debates will be set by the questions made by the moderators and in the case of the October 16th debate, by the questions made by the public.
Both candidates have very different programs and totally opposite ideas about what needs to be done to get the country out of the economic crisis in which it is mired. It will be interesting to see how they explain their ideas to try to convince the voters.
Unfortunately, early voting is already under way in twenty-nine states of the Union and possibly by October 3rd. more will be voting early. We say unfortunately, because those who are voting early have not had the opportunity to see the debates to learn more or less in depth what the candidates defend or oppose. These debates might change the opinion of many undecided voters and this would be a change compatible with the respect due to democracy in general and to electoral freedom in particular. The debates are very helpful for the electorate to be well informed about what is best for the United States of America.