The Need For A Debate

September 25, 2008

*** After a non-partisan post on the strategic side of John McCain’s campaign “suspension” as well as some comments questioning my views on it, this is my partisan take on this issue: ***

Although the economy is in desperate need of help one way or another, I think that the American people desperately need a debate. Both candidates have different plans to fix the economy crisis, and both won’t release something for the press without mentioning that President Bush’s plan has major flaws in it. And to say it in a warm way, our president is “retiring” in a matter of days, and if elected, both candidates, mostly Barack Obama, will lead our country in a different matter. 

 And this is precisely why I am personally disgusted to see  John McCain suspend his campaign to chime into  Washington’s bailout plan, because when he knows that if  elected, he will chose to (at the least) push congress to  tweak what is being discussed right now. 

 And in a more broad sense, I am surprised to see both  Barack Obama and John McCain with president Bush and  bailout officials at a high profile White House meeting. In  my opinion, as far as taking action with a bailout, both  candidates are still senators. This contradicts the fact that  these two “senators” are seemingly of a higher authority then anyone else in this issue. 

But the main point that I would like to make is the need for a direct debate. For years now we have had to make our own media points based on attack ads and press statements shot to and from campaign headquarters. I, as well as the rest of the american people, deserve a straight-faced talk between both candidates, and see what they stand for as opposed to what they campaigns release to the press.


11 Responses to “The Need For A Debate”

  1. ReyMac Says:

    I do appreciate the “partisan” response. I still disagree with your assessment that it was a good strategic move, because it wasn’t one layer deep. You can’t suspend, therefore it doesn’t even evoke the “leadership in crisis” that he’s trying to do. He just comes off looking silly. Not a bad thing in my mind, since I think he is silly. Silly and sad. Talk about a shell of your former self . . . but I digress.
    Keep posting!

  2. I generally couldn’t care less about presidential debates, but I’m pretty excited to see what happens when Obama and McCain finally get together. There’s a lot going on that needs to be addressed immediately, rather than the term-long topics normally discussed.

  3. A.E. Says:

    I agree that we need a debate. I think it was cheap for McCain to suggest that campaigning during the crisis is “playing politics.” There is nothing wrong with politics—politics is the process of debating values, policies, and decisions. It is a process that involves necessary disagreement and partisanship. We don’t need candidates who promise to rise above politics, we need candidates who are skillful enough to use the means provided by our debased political discourse to honestly articulate and defend their policies, beliefs, and personas. To withdraw from that arena, as McCain has done, is a sign that he doesn’t really understand the meaning of politics even after decades as senator. Quite sad, really.

  4. xpirate Says:

    With the recent arguments at the White House meeting it’s not likely John McCain will show up to the debate. I too think it is necessary to see the two candidates face to face talking about the issues rather than what their campaign has set out.

    I’ve heard that they are thinking of focusing the debate around the current economic crisis. Would you support this, or would you rather the debate go on as it was originally planned? Or would you not care, you just want to see them debate?

  5. Mridul Chadha Says:

    I’m looking forward to the debate and especially the vice presidential debate. Just read that McCain will be attending the debate, one of his aides said that the situation has changed since McCain announced that he would be suspending his campaign.

    I don’t understand how the situation has improved, it has only worsened. There still isn’t any agreement on the bailout. McCain has only made a fool of himself by first ‘suspending’ his campaign and now returning to the debate.

  6. pacer521 Says:


    I guess I’ll stick with my original argument — I think that it was a good move if Obama takes the bait. I don’t think he will, but who am I to say that?

    Thanks! I’ll keep posting as long as my homework doesn’t stop me.


  7. pacer521 Says:

    Involuntary Fury,

    I agree. For anyone, regardless of their political experience, the debates are really going to matter, not the bailout plan.

  8. pacer521 Says:


    I agree with every part of your comment besides the last point. I am not yet ready to throw away McCain’s credibility, but at the same time I do think that what you say is happening. They guy is losing his politics, but this time I think it had strategic importance. Thanks for the comment.


  9. pacer521 Says:


    Two things. I heard recently that the debate was on, and that the topic is going to stay at foreign, so I’ll answer your question from that standpoint.

    I just want to see them debate. Preferably, I would like to see them talk about foreign policy, but the first step for me would be to see McCain show up.

  10. pacer521 Says:

    Yeah — didn’t really get that “situation has improved” thing, but its obviously a sign of defeat on the strategic side of the McCain campaign. But I am still going to say that it was a good strategic move on McCain’s part. A good idea, but a failure.


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