The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 25, 2012

Our View: Campaigns need clarity

The two presidential contenders on Sunday night had a chance in separate “60 Minutes” interviews to offer up details on what either of them might do over the next four years as president.

Instead, all we got was a fuzzy picture. And nothing was wrong with the TV.

The American voter is concerned about the economy and, in more recent weeks, foreign policy. Americans want to see improvement in the economy as well as America’s influence in the world.

The trick now is deciding how each candidate and the political party supporting that candidate will make decisions that directly influence both subjects. At this juncture in the campaign, we shouldn’t be left guessing.

Almost all Americans want health care to be provided to all Americans in some form and in an affordable manner. So, which candidate or party has a clear path forward to produce full access to health care that is affordable?

How should America deal with countries that hate us in the international arena?

Does either candidate or party demonstrate an understandable plan to get America out of debt?

How should America best control immigration into this country and still provide the opportunity to pursue the American dream for those seeking a better life in our country?

Maybe the real question before Americans today — at least those Americans who will vote in November — is whether the country is making progress or heading in the wrong direction.

The presidential debates starting next week must provide the voters with some hard facts.

After all, Nov. 6 is exactly six weeks from today.

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