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.
Instead of worrying about the economy, health care and other life-changing issues, the American people are trying to decipher between facts and lies.
The final debate is a chance for us to see real leadership -- and that means grappling with thorny issues that aren't reducible to talking points, but which will nevertheless define the course of the world in the coming years.
Watching President Obama during the past few debates has given America an upfront seat from which to observe the struggle and penalties incurred by many highly educated African-Americans trying to promote their virtues during the course of their careers.
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.
A better approach would be to devote a reasonable period of the debate -- perhaps 30 minutes -- to go through this list, allowing the two candidates to address each of these five in turn.
One of the most fundamental tasks of journalism in a free society is to press the government to disgorge information. And nowhere is this task more important than when it comes to "national security."
There's bad news for Obama even before he squares off with Mitt Romney in tonight's third and final nationally-televised campaign debate. Polls show that Romney has already pulled even with the president on the question of which man is better able to handle foreign and defense policy.
Lybia oh Lybia, what happened in Lybia At the American embassy? Who'd have thought we were abhorred so? In Benghazi, even more so
By refusing to address climate consequences, both candidates reinforce the idea that we either focus on economic growth or we focus on the environment. In fact, the truth is the two are inextricable intertwined and we cannot address one without addressing the other.
If either candidate can propose ways to make economic sanctions feel less like a fee for doing business and more like an exacting punishment, there is hope for a policy that may yet induce Iran to change its nuclear behavior.
I am not issuing a call for American exceptionalism, but one for American content. If politicians used debates as an opportunity to have a conversation with voters and not as one to attack the other, perhaps we Americans would realize it ain't all bad...
Romney's answer about equality in the work force began, "if you are going to have women in the workforce, you need to be more flexible." The "if" says a lot about his inability to accept the fact that most women are working outside the home.
Drones kill their enemies but also can miss their targets and a study released last month shows that they miss a lot.
Here's what the 2012 campaign has taught us thus far: Frontrunners suck.
We voters want to learn as much as possible about the two presidential candidates and what they really stand for, and we look to the presidential debates and their accompanying spin rooms to provide us with this information.