Locals Want to Hear Policies on Medicare, Economy in Wednesday's Debate

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

With only five weeks until election day, Wednesday night President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will face off in the first of three debates.

50 million Americans are expected to tune in to hear the candidates' planes on the economy, health care, and other important issues.

With national polls showing a tight race, the President and Gov. Romney need every vote they can get, and will do what they can to earn those votes in debate.

Dennis Riley, a political science professor at UWSP says both candidates need to look presidential, clearly presenting their plans and policies without too many attacks.

Riley says the first debate will likely have the most significance.

"It probably does for a couple of reasons, one is early voting," Riley said. "A lot of people are going to cast their ballots before the second debate happens."

Plus, many Americans won't tune in after the first debate because they've already made up their minds.

Even if voters know who's getting their vote, many still plan to tune in.

"It's really hard to get either candidate to nail down specifically their plans, their goals, step by step but I'm looking forward to an interaction between the two," said Joshua Panter, a veteran.

Student John Clare isn't sure he'll watch the first debate, but still wants to hear what the candidates have to say.

"More detail on some plans regarding economic recovery, and growth, more detail on potential green collar jobs," Clare said.

The candidates are expected to cover a variety of topics including: the economy, health care and government dependence.

There are still some undecided voters who may be more likely to watch the candidates debate.

"I'm not sure I like what Romney stands for as far as the medicare issues are concerned and I'm not sure we should leave them how Obama has it," said Mary Kawski. "I wanna hear the issues on each side again."

Though polls show the President leading Romney in Wisconsin, both need to make their case to local voters.

Wisconsin has developed into a swing state, largely due to the republicans sweeping the State Legislature and winning the Governorship in 2010. Democrats have won the Presidency in the state since 1984.

The President will be at a rally in Madison Thursday, and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will be in Milwaukee Saturday for a private fundraiser.


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