October 3rd kicked off the first of four pre-election debates (three are presidential; next week is vice presidential.) The topic was domestic policy, and many were hoping that Obama would cream Romney, that would people would finally see that perhaps Romney was not the best candidate. By the end of the debate, many were disappointed by Obama’s seeming lack of engagement, many saying that perhaps Romney has cinched the undecided vote with his confidence and ease.
The one thing that really bothered us was the absence of one major issue. While the two candidates talked about a lot of issues–taxes, oil subsidies, Dodd-Frank, Medicare, education, Solyndra, Social Security, and the middle class–women were left out. The candidates lightly touched on issues that may affect women. Both parties agreed that teachers are important; with Obama discussing a plan to hire 100,000. Romney also stated that we needed fewer government employees, even though we’ve lost 670,000 government workers since the recession “ended” in June 2009. Other than that, women were completely absent. For everything that has been going on this past year–employers not covering the pill in heathcare packages, abortion laws becoming tighter and tighter to the point where it is almost illegal, Todd Akin trying to redefine rape, Tom Smith comparing rape pregnancy to having a baby out of wedlock–you would think one of the two candidates would at least say something. Women’s rights are under attack, but when it comes to the biggest pre-election events, we’re suddenly left out of the conversation. A national conversation, at that–we’re voters too.
So, LivLunatics, what are your expectations for the remaining three debates? Are you disappointed by Romney showing up Obama? Are you mad that women were left out of the conversation? Should Jim Leher stop moderating the debates? Shout it out in the comments, let’s get a discussion started!