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TAKE ACTION: Help Fuel A Debate About the Real Issues

10/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On Monday, September 22nd, I'm going to be debating conservative radio host Dennis Prager at a public forum here in Denver about the question "What's Better for America -- Liberal or Conservative Ideas?" The debate will be a serious look at the issues confronting the country in the spirit of the critical new campaign my colleagues at the Institute for America's Future are launching this week.

Up until the last few days, the presidential campaign has been more like a sitcom than a debate worthy of a great nation in crisis. Flag pins, lipstick and fake outrage have supplanted a serious discussion over national security, the economy and the future. In an effort to refocus attention, IAF is sponsoring a seven-week New York Times ad series about the most important issues in front of us - and you can help spread the word.

Using IAF's website, you can use Twitter, email, Facebook and blogs to tell as many people as you can about this new campaign, and about the petition asking the network television anchors to stick to the real issues in the upcoming presidential debates.

Whether you are a progressive or a conservative, we can all agree that elections are supposed to be about issues - and that when they are about issues, they can build the kind of electoral mandate necessary to bring about real change.

With Wall Street collapsing, America still stuck in an Iraqi civil war, and corruption scandals plaguing our government, we can't afford a Paris Hilton presidential campaign. So if you live in the Denver area, come out to the debate on 9/22. And whether you live here or not, spread the word about the IAF campaign.

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