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Clueless in America

  • Sep. 28th, 2008 at 8:54 AM
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Hey everyone, I'm Melissa, an American living in India and working at Mint. I just arrived back in California to visit my parents (after 31 hours of transit). I'll be here for a month blogging from the netherworld of the prodigal daughter trying to make sense of her own country.

I missed the presidential debate (I was in the air!), and I didn't think I'd have a chance to hear how things went until arriving at my final destination. But on my 6am connection flight from Newark, even before the newspapers had hit the stands, the debate was all everyone on the flight talked about. It was exciting to watch total strangers politely disagree about more than just the armrest.

From what I've gathered, the economy and Iraq took up most of the debate's time, as to be expected. Obviously, those are pretty much the hot top two topics. Did they miss any key points or issues? If there are any undecided voters out there, did the debate sway you in any one direction? If not, what are you waiting to hear from the candidates

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the_paulr wrote:
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Key points
In another forum someone pointed out that religion hasn't played a very big part in this election, unlike the last two. One of the reasons was that in 2000 we weren't facing any major crisis so the candidates had the luxury of focusing on social issues.

This, I think, is part of the reason that economic concerns are taking precedence in this election. Gas prices are high, as are food prices, while wages aren't increasing at the same rate. Even without the Wall Street meltdown people are hurting.
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