By Jane Callahan
As I’ve watched the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates over the past month—and especially the post-game analysis afterward—I have tried to tune into different TV stations. Last night I watched the debate on CNN that included a real time graphing of the reactions of Ohio undecided voters. This reminded me of those long ago talent or beauty contests where the host would put his hand over the contestants’ heads and the audience would applaud for the one they liked the best. Granted, this graphing is much more sophisticated but it is essentially the same idea.
The candidates got especially high marks during the discussion of education! Senator Obama specifically raised up early childhood education as a core component of his overall education plan. And Senator McCain discussed his interest in looking more closely at Head Start with the goal of improving services. Senator Obabma also talked about the importance of adequate government funding for education programs – including those serving children with special needs. It was very affirming to hear the candidates discuss these education-related issues during their last debate.
For me, the debate’s frosting on the cake was Bob Schieffer’s closing comment: “Go vote now… it will make you feel big and strong.”