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One Opinion: Watching The Debates — or not

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
October 1, 2012 | 2,207 views | 9 comments

The headlines are all about “The Debates.”

President Barack Obama’s camp claims that presidential contender Mitt Romney is “more prepared,” because he recently campaigned in the primaries. Some would say that Obama has never stopped campaigning -- and that’s all the debates are -- just an extension of the campaign.

The hype is breathtaking.

Each side gets to tell its story in staged sound bites. Neither is required to really answer questions but, instead, wander off onto their own prepared talking points. Promoters would like to think that each debate could produce a “make or break” moment, but that’s not likely.

There could be interesting moments -- moments such as when President Jimmy Carter said that he had asked his young daughter, Amy, what was the most important issue facing the world, and she told him “nuclear war,” or when President Ronald Reagan, who was often derided about his age, said that he would not hold age against his younger opponent.

These moments that produce memorable sound bites don’t change history. They are just fun. And if voters will change their mind about who to vote for because of innuendoes, a momentary slip of the tongue, or appearances, then this country is in more trouble than we care to admit.

The stakes in this election are likely higher than ever before, as Iran threatens its neighbors and the West with nuclear destruction, the economy still huddles dangerously close to another recession, and the issue of health care is anything but settled. The issues are clearly black and white, and any intelligent voter should know what they are. This, of course, is not the case. Many don’t even know who the candidates are. They may recognize a name, but know nothing about the issues.

But in this highly visual society, giving speeches and looking good on television become important, just as it has becomes important that a presidential candidate can spell. Everyone should be able to spell “potato,” right?

The first of three debates will be Wednesday, with millions of Americans watching, but I will not be one of them. There’s nothing that Obama could say to make me want to vote for him, and there’s no misstep that Romney could make, at this point, that would make me not vote for him. And I’ve heard enough campaigning, so I don’t need three more campaign “debates."
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October 2, 2012 1:16pm
Is there anyone in Wilson county that thinks Obama will win the Texas vote. Check the 2008 vote totals for the state of Texas and Wilson county. Mission Impossible. We have no control over the votes elsewhere, so it's much ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
October 2, 2012 4:25am
I thought Mitt wrote off 47% He should not have written them off, he probably could use those votes. Lesson: don't write off half the voters when running for office.

Winston Shaffer  
Floresville, TX  
October 1, 2012 8:11pm
Elaine, The debate is not for the 43% who have decided and cannot change their mind for Obama or the 42% who will vote for Romney no matter what. 42 +43 = 85. So, the debate is for the last 15% who can be swayed. Until ... More ›

Elaine K.  
October 1, 2012 7:40pm
Yes: "We have lost an Ambassador and 3 Civilians,..." and Obama referred to the 9-11 incident as a "bump in the road." And he said this on his way to a fundraiser in La Vegas! I can never forget that.

Disgusted Taxpayer  
La Vernia  
October 1, 2012 6:27pm
In addition...7th. Where we're you when LVISD purchased 80 acres from the Director of Finance for $890, 2010??????? Talk about Conflict of Interest and blatant irregularities in spending taxpayer dollars.... Why did ... More ›

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
October 1, 2012 6:18pm appears to me with Mwnti and 7th that they just love how things are going. What a great leader we have in the WH. We have lost an Ambassador and 3 Civilians, 51 killed by people we are "helping" and ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
October 1, 2012 1:47pm
If there are many like you, thinking the way you do, the problems of the middle east will soon be here. The economic indicators are improving!! That's a laff. Must have gotten those numbers from a middle east source. Elect the ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
October 1, 2012 12:29pm
The Mwntl: You are spot on. People like this editor gives me hope for 4 more years. They support the party of "No" instead of trying to fix what is wrong with USA. Who cares about Iran, let's fix the mess Bush ... More ›

The Mwntl  
October 1, 2012 11:01am
The Republicans are in the curious position of having to convince the country that it is in terrible shape, but it is not their fault. In fact, even though all the economic indicators are improving, Mitt has to argue that he ... More ›

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