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KS: Final debate leaves heartland voters wanting something more

By   /   October 22, 2012  /   1 Comment

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE — Across the airwaves and the Internet, Kansans tuned-in to the final presidential debate to watch President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney exchange verbal blows for the last time before the Nov. 6 election. But for Kansas Watchdog readers, what mattered most wasn’t what was said on stage, but rather who wasn’t allowed.


Responding to questions posted on Kansas Watchdog’s Facebook page during the debate, readers showed strong support for including third-party candidates in Presidential Debates, and argued that restricting it to only two parties limited the exchange of ideas between candidates and voters.

“My feelings is if they did, more people would go with the third party, and scares [sic] the heck out of the other two parties,” said Marcia Abernathy Lee.


Debate moderator and CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer was also roundly criticized by Kansas Watchdog readers, who argued that the seasoned television journalist continued a liberal slant many felt has pervaded the debate moderator selection process.

In the end, though, many readers were skeptical as to whether a strong debate performance translated into a strong presidency. Doug Roudybush said neither candidate did a good job of differentiating themselves, while Jane Henry said neither Obama nor Romney were strong performers in the debate Monday night.

“(It) sure isn’t like any debate I had when in school if I’d have debated this way I would have flunked,” Henry said.


Contact Travis Perry at [email protected], or follow him on twitter at @kansaswatchdog.


Travis formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Kristacia

    Couldn’t someone in the Romney camp explain to the man that the US Military has been a lean mean fighting machine for a few decades. I think we will find out that President Obama is a much stronger President then people think. And I really like that because I do not want all of our plans laid out for the world to see. He knows how to keep quiet about what is going on. Like the Navy Seals going into Pakistan and getting Bin Lauden. Everything does not be told before it happens.