Political Plaza Part II: A Democratic Point of View

by Asma Neblett

November 6th is a little over two weeks away and it is beginning to seem like a tease; the thought of it is constantly playing on your emotions, building up anticipation, and perhaps you’ll explode if your desires aren’t reached on that special day. In this case, most (if not all) Americans are eager to see whether their candidate of choice will be sitting in the Presidential seat, located in the highest office of the land. After two long and interesting presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate, millions of Americans are being drawn-in and are still holding several conversations that are igniting unfortunate divisions over a torrent of topics.

DENVER, COLORADO — To recap, the first round on October 3rd kicked off with much ado over how the performance of either candidates would play out. Critiqued heavily for his aloof disposition in the public eye and on his campaign tour, coupled with his prioritized stance on the wealthier percentage of the nation, Governor Romney addressed the Denver, Colorado audience with much confidence and volume. He aimed to assure viewers that his concerns extend to everyone economically, despite his prior comments about the alleged “47%”. On the other side, President Obama, who is normally charismatic and vocal during speeches, remained relaxed and quiet, which sparked questions as to whether there was displacement or disinterest during the Jim Lehrer-moderated debate. Although successful in translation and fierceness, queries were raised over Governor Romney’s economical proposal to cut PBS (a small percentage of government spending), and a five trillion-dollar plan to remedy the deficit. President Obama’s proposals assured that his interests and confidence centered in the reformation of the middle class, taking note that unemployment has steadily declined (from 10%-7.8%) during these last four years under his administration.

DANVILLE, KENTUCKY — In round two, Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential Nominee and Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan, entered the Danville, Kentucky arena to discuss foreign policy. The Vice Presidential debate featured more of a perspective on behalf of the Obama/Biden ticket, and a particular Irish-phrase. Meanwhile the Romney/Ryan ticket fought to maintain their confident streak from Denver. Moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC, the highlights of the debate naturally varied in viewpoints. Both candidates opened with their condolences for the death of United States ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other American lives lost in Benghazi, Libya this summer.

But just as both parties expressed a somber side, it served as a catalyst to discuss conflicts over ending the war in Iraq, the United States’ foreign policy in Libya, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu, and the stimulus package. One of the main highlights came when Congressman Ryan challenged Vice President Biden over the stimulus spending, which is believed to have increased the national deficit. Biden rapidly rebutted and revealed that there were “two [private] letters” sent by Congressman Ryan, “asking” for funding from the very same stimulus package critiqued by him earlier. The pattern of this debate consisted of the Biden powerhouse having clear answers but often interrupting his opponent, versus that of Ryan’s limbo, but steady effort in his first vice presidential debate.

HEMPSTEAD, Hofstra University — The third overall and second debate between the presidential candidates was moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowely. Unlike the first round in Denver, President Obama’s approach was crisp and tuned in to the questions, where were challenged by Governor Romney. The social issues of single-parenting and gun control were introduced, both of which Obama and Romney danced around. Obama proposes to keep guns out of the hands of the “criminals and mentally ill”, but he lacked specificity as to how his administration would regulate this epidemic. Romney criticized the current state of single parenthood as an incentive for the irregulation over gun-control from their offspring.

President Obama and Governor Romney will meet for the final presidential debate tonight, October 22, at 9 p.m. Tune in as the two battle it out over foreign policy. The debate will take place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and will be moderated by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer.