It's a governance challenge that we don't test U.S. presidential candidates by asking about global health and education issues and what our leadership is going to do to solve these most serious and complex challenges.
So what's going on? Well, you could start by following the money. Of the $12.5 million donated to by the energy and natural resources industries to political action committees supporting a presidential candidate this campaign cycle, 84 percent went to Republicans.
Amongst the bayonets and bravado, there was no discussion about how either candidate would use the office of the president to address the top global health challenges. Neglecting to head off threats from superbugs now will lead to calamitous consequences later.
Romney's knowledge is so flimsy and his declarations so cliché-ridden as to betray a distinct lack of comprehension or interest. As for Obama, residency in the White House has provided experience but has left him without strategic design or a modulated sense of national interests.
Most elections get billed as the most important in a generation, but with America teetering on a fiscal cliff in an era of profound climate change, this one really is. And, in Obama's own words: "Only you have the power to move us forward."
In order to understand the substance of the prepared responses we are likely to hear tonight, you need to keep in mind the true audience the candidates are appealing to, which includes their own base and undecided voters (especially in swing states), as well as the media.
Show me why you would be different in the area that is literally about life and death. The polls suggest that foreign policy is not factoring that highly on the minds of American voters this election, but if you think about it, maybe it should.
As pundits prepare to dissect every word that comes forth from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in tonight's debate, their analysis is likely to once again lack examination of the most immediate and critical effect these major events have on campaigns: online fundraising.
This year, it's gone a little nuts. Both parties' conventions, and all the debates have been surrounded with assessments by teams of experts who sound like, and in many cases are, personal advisers to the performers.
Left unchallenged, the apparent validity of Romney's assertions may well lead to his election as our next president. But there is a challenge to them that Obama can make when Romney predictably raises these points again in the next debate.
It should amaze any voter who really thinks about it this election cycle how our right to be, and remain, healthy should ever be considered an extraordinary deterrent to anything, including economic growth and enterprises looking to hire people.
What do you call using millions in unregulated campaign funds to sell the American people dog food by telling them it's something else? That is precisely what happened in Denver, as Gov. Romney rebranded his entire platform.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have begun to flesh out their views on the challenges America faces abroad, but they have said little about a range of pressing international issues and skirted critical aspects of stories that currently grab the news headlines.
After your last debate, I saw your chief campaign strategists doing what they appear to be advising you to do -- attacking Romney personally for being untruthful in the positions he took. I hope you reject this advice.