A Very Good Question That Deserves an Answer

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 9:00 am

Religiously speaking, the answers given at the VP debate by Paul Ryan and Joe Biden to the question of how their personal faith relates to their work as politicians were striking. The difference between the two candidates — and the parties and platforms they stand for — could not have been starker. Ryan spoke with absolute certainty that he/his party/his church are absolutely correct when it comes to banning abortion, while Biden expressed both his own personal beliefs alongside respect for those who hold other views and the concomitant right to act on their religious views.

But while abortion was the specific example Martha Raddatz used to frame her question, it is hardly the only one. The editors of the Jesuit magazine “America” pose another very good question themselves, that deserves an answer from both Obama and Romney. If no one brings it up at the town hall-style debate next week, I’d love to see Bob Schieffer ask it at the foreign policy debate that follows.

 

Late Night: A Wake-Up Call, Perhaps Scheduled in Advance

By: Friday October 5, 2012 8:12 pm

Of all the complaints that can be justifiably launched against President Obama, can I add that he sure knows how to take the fun out of chronicling the cratering of Mitt Romney’s campaign?

Not that I think B.O. has thrown away his re-election with his passive performance in Wednesday’s debate — as Reagan in ’84 and Bush in ’04 showed, a shaky opening debate by an incumbent who’s leading in the polls is a survivable error.

Presidential Debate Liveblogging

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 5:54 pm

At long last, the referees are back and the 2012 presidential debate season is underway. By far the most intriguing storyline for this year’s opener will be the unveiling of Mitt Romney’s fearsome zinger attack, which he has kept carefully under wraps during the preseason to make it harder for his opponent to gameplan against it.

Can the Presidential Debates Be Saved?

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 11:35 am

Historically, third-party candidates have forced those who can win to address issues of critical importance to the electorate when they would rather avoid them. It’s time for the presidential candidates to start addressing the concerns of the American people directly or make space for those with the courage to do so.

Sign our petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Citizens’ Debate Commission to allow third party candidates in the upcoming presidential debates.

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