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Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
4:14pm
Wed Oct 17, 2012

Presidential Candidates Pressed On Richer Variety Of Issues In Second Debate

In the second presidential debate, undecided voters asked the candidates questions on a range of important issues.

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were, for example, made to discuss outsourcing, which has been the central issue in Illinois’ 17th Congressional district race, and reproductive rights, which has emerged as a key issue in the 8th and 10th Congressional district contests.

There was also a clash on immigration policy and priorities, an issue ignored in the first debate, which mostly focused on fiscal policy.

At one point, President Barack Obama argued that, while obviously restrained by Congress and changing circumstances, a president mainly tries to do what they say they will do in their campaign.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
5:52pm
Tue Oct 16, 2012

What To Look For In Tonight’s Presidential Debate (VIDEO)

If you enjoy long, abstract and poorly contextualized talking points about tax policy and health care costs, the first presidential debate was a blast.

However, for most progressives the debate held October 2 at the University of Denver was a dreary affair. President Barack Obama stood listless as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remade himself as the candidate against tax cuts for the rich and for robust spending on Medicare. Romney also suddenly professed a desire for greater regulation of big banks. Be it causation or coincidence, Romney has subsequently enjoyed a surge in the polls.

The first debate, which solely focused on domestic policy, also existed in an alternate, anachronistic reality where issues such as climate change, immigration, reproductive rights, and gay rights simply did not exist.

Here is one look at what should happen at the town hall debate tonight at Hofstra University in New York – and what may actually happen.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
2:52pm
Wed Oct 3, 2012

Actually, Romney Would Put An End To The Deferred Action Immigration Program

Upon further review, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is, in fact, basically against President Barack Obama’s deferred action program intended to let some undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.

Romney told the Denver Post Monday that if he won the presidency the candidate would not revoke deportation exemptions already granted by the Obama administration. Romney did not say to the Post if he would continue the program.

However, Romney clarified in comments to the Boston Globe yesterday that he would end deferred action upon taking office in January 2013, if elected.

Whatever the political outcome of Romney’s statements, the policy outcome is clear: Ending deferred action a few months after it started would render the program mostly ineffective.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
7:12pm
Tue Oct 2, 2012

Climate Change On The Election Backburner

Climate change is now a peripheral issue in American politics, mentioned elliptically by President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in their calls for clean energy investments. Meanwhile, the issue is almost nonexistent in the competitive Illinois races for Congress.

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