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FROM READERS: Despite a disappointing debate, Americans should still vote

By Kale Gosney/Missourian Reader
October 8, 2012 | 1:59 p.m. CDT

Kale Gosney is studying political science and military science at MU and is vice president of the Young Democrats of Missouri.

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Regardless of major or area of study, the talk on campus Thursday morning was about the previous night’s presidential debate. From hearing about how Governor Romney won the debate to how tired Obama appeared to be, there was not a corner turned where debate rhetoric was not echoed.

At this point in the election cycle, how much difference does a debate really make? Many argued that Governor Romney was on top of his game and came full on at the president. Yet, we did not see a ten point jump in the polls in Romney’s favor. While a handful of Independent voters may be swayed, it appears that the majority of the nation has their mind made up. 

President Obama did not make an ordeal of the 47% comment, nor did Governor Romney make a hard pressed attempt to rally the Conservative Right by hounding the president on social issues. In all reality, the debate was somewhat disappointing.  While it is, and should be, thought of as a relevant means of choosing a candidate, Wednesday night’s debate will not be recalled as having any memorable one liner or Romneys infamous “zingers.” 

Oftentimes the policy issues seem to take a back seat during debates as Americans eagerly wait for that one quotable line that will make for a great bumper sticker or T-shirt. However, that moment was absent in the Oct. 3 square off. The facts that both candidates attempted to use in their favor were undoubtedly skewed. The claim that President Obama has doubled the deficit or that Obamacare cuts billions from Medicare is just simply short of the truth. 

Each candidate has pulled the facts from studies that will indeed favor their bid for office. Thus, the facts must be followed up on in order to come to an accurate conclusion of each candidate’s platform. In today’s ever changing world of uploads, downloads, gigabytes and megapixels, debates are yet another form of entertainment. 

American citizens know whom they are voting for, and nothing short of a dramatic campaign-altering event will sway them one way or another.

Both candidates will be charging full speed ahead and will have boots on the ground backed by an army of volunteers and campaign workers. However, with little less than a month before Election Day, Americans in large know who they are supporting.

The most important part is that they support someone and vote on Nov. 6.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.