Editorial - Tune in to tonight’s presidential debate
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 07:10
Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will square off in the first of three scheduled presidential debates. The debate, which will take place at the University of Denver and will be moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer, is set to begin at 9 p.m. eastern time and will focus on domestic policy.
With only five weeks left until Election Day, it’s incredibly important that those who haven’t already been paying attention tune in to tomorrow’s debate. The debates provide a unique, unscripted opportunity for all of us to weigh the two candidates’ viewpoints on the various issues.
For any remaining undecided voters, these debates can be crucial in swinging their vote one way or the other. If you fall into this category, it is doubly important you watch tomorrow’s debate.
Since the debate will be centered on domestic policy, it would be wise to read up on some of the big issues that will likely be discussed tomorrow night. Chief among these domestic issues will be health care, economic policy, immigration and student loans. These issues affect all of us, so we should all have a basic understanding of them and of how President Obama and Mitt Romney’s positions on them differ.
After taking the time to get informed on the topics that will be debated, make plans to watch the debate.
A number of political organizations in the area will be holding watch parties, which provide a great opportunity to get engaged in the discussion on the issues. In addition to being carried on all the major networks, the debate will be streamed online so it will be readily available even to those who won’t have access to a television.
Unfortunately, post-debate analysis on the news networks will undoubtedly focus on the horse-race angle, as the debate will be judged in terms of who delivered a better performance as opposed to who made the most honest, convincing arguments.
For this reason, you should turn off the television after watching the debate and visit one of the various fact-checking websites to assess the veracity of the claims made by the candidates. Factcheck.org is one of several non-partisan organizations that do a great job with this.
With only five weeks left until Election Day, and early voting underway in many states across the country, there isn’t much time left for those who are still standing on the sidelines.
In this country, we are all fortunate enough to have the right to participate in our political process. Millions have sacrificed their lives to preserve this right. Don’t let their sacrifice be in vain: watch tomorrow night’s debate and make sure your voice is heard on Election Day.