In any election cycle, the influence of political commentators, cable news hosts and the candidates’ campaigns can cloud the realities of many of the issues most important to the American people. The presidential debates provide a balance to all of the uproar, giving the candidates an opportunity to directly and candidly address hardworking men and women across the country.
This year the debates carry a heightened importance. As the economy experiences growth that has been tepid at best, and as unemployment remains above 8 percent for the 43rd consecutive month, the economy is the central issue of this election. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found nine out of 10 voters think job creation should be the top priority of the next president. October 3, the first in the series of debates, will provide both candidates a forum to speak directly with individuals struggling across the U.S.
(Source: Florida Voices, 10/3/12, “Watching the Debates through the Lens of Small Business,” by Bill Herrle, NFIB Florida state director)