At Denver University this evening the character and integrity of the candidates for President of the United States are most likely to be measured. That is not the only thing that will be measured but how the media and the culture filter and measure the content of the character of the two men will also come into play at this first debate. There is a third measurable that the eyes of the country will be reading, listening for and viewing. The content and the character of each platform will be measured in the hearts and minds of each American who cares and is registered to vote.
From the eyes of students in Denver and along the Front Range of Colorado the Presidential debate tonight may bring clarity to their decision for first voters. “President, the Legalization of Marijuana, and issues of senate, congress, local and state are jumbled in my mind,” says Tristan, a freshman journalism student at the University of Denver. This view is not limited to the rookie voter. A middle aged sales executive who travels much of the time, but is based in the Lo-Do area in Downtown Denver, “Between the political ads and where each of the men line up both personally and politically it solves nothing. I want to hear substance and conviction,” the longtime independent voter sighs. Meagan, a Political Science major is listening for honesty and real numbers. “When it comes to Obama he continues to quote statistics of job creation and snapshot trends and polls. With Romney it is more business principles and illusions. Both have a track record of racking up debt and we simply cannot afford to continue on economically based on ways that may have worked decades ago.” “Both of the candidates seem as out of touch as their party platforms,” Tristan adds. “Both men seem to care about where the country is heading, but in deductive reasoning the President has had almost four years with his plan, and Romney seems to have changed his conviction for the party platform.”
In a conversation with students in Colorado Springs who attend the Family Institute the conversation turns to the party platforms. Eddie, is a graduate student who is a communications major at Spring Arbor in Michigan. He explains the differences of party platforms this way, “The Democrats tend to social engineer their programs and tend to be very legalistic on solving problems. In the last few years President Obama has showed that through the legal system he could solve the BP oil spill, the illegal alien and border crises in Arizona, and the union stand off in Wisconsin by sending a team of lawyers with briefs and lawsuits. Economically the Democrats believe that social projects should be funded by taxation on all fronts, including income, sales tax, (including what is called the “sin taxes” on liquor, gambling, junk food and legalized drugs. The other issues that the President has championed party politics on are the re-definition of marriage; the legalization of marijuana (through surrogate governors), the overall protection of union politics, a woman’s right to choose and entitlements. While we are not sure if this has anything to do with his personal convictions aside from Gays in the military and Gay marriage it is clear that President Obama supports the party platform and will continue to plan accordingly if elected.” During the Democratic convention all of these planks were discussed and put into practice and on the campaign trail both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have by and large galvanized the political stance.
“On the other hand or the other party, it is my understanding” the student says, “that State Rights is huge in social and civic issues but conservative values, defining when life begins and marriage between one man and one woman. Public Prayer should be allowed in schools and at public events. There is a distinct difference in the “Separation of Church and State” opinions and interpretation and whether or not the Constitution is a “living document,” that can be changed or it is a document that should be protected, not amended as the Republican party believes.” There are other differences as well that speak to the real issues and differences “between the 47 percent who receive entitlements and the other 47 percent who feel like they had a hand in building their business.” The general feeling and consensus is that there are about another six percent left who include the first time voters; the undecided and those who are listening for some character and perhaps a little more clarity and planning. Tonight the candidates, the media and culture and the platform will be stepping on the scale to see where they weigh in.