An undecided, independent mom weighs in.
We were glued to our seats during the Town Hall debate from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. But who won? Let's face it: Democrats will probably say Obama, Republicans will probably say McCain. No surprise there. For the real deal, we asked an undecided mom to give us her thoughts. Did this debate sway her vote?On-the-Fence Mama, a mother of one, says: Anyone who knows me well would not be surprised that with only a month left before the 2008 presidential election, I am still undecided. In every aspect of my life, I am the ultimate procrastinator when it comes to making decisions: someone who tries on every shade of pink in the nail salon before "committing" to a color for my manicure, and the mom who still didn't have a name for her newborn almost 24 hours after she was born.
Going into tonight's debate, what I really hoped to gain was a better perspective on who stands where on the important issues. I wanted to hear some specifics of the candidates' plans for the economy, the environment, the energy crisis and foreign policy. I also hoped to gain some perspective on which candidate will be the best representative for our country as well.
I appreciated Barack Obama's honesty when asked how he would prioritize the health care crisis, the energy crisis and the problems with our social security and Medicare system. He outlined a clear plan for the each issue, gave his priorities and provided an explanation for each priority.
John McCain, on the other hand, gave what I consider to be a typical political response about how all the issues are equally important and how they are all priorities that he'd work on simultaneously. His explanations were vague and unrealistic. McCain often mentions "this bill and that bill" that came up in Congress and how he voted for it versus how Obama voted for it, trying to prove that his track record shows that he will make the correct decisions for America in the future. What bothers me about this method of debating is that, like most people in America, I don't watch C-Span every day nor do I follow the specific details of every proposed bill that passes through Congress. I barely had two hours to watch this debate! So if you can't articulate to an audience what your point of view is in a clear, concise manner that we all can understand, then how can I vote for you to lead our country in the state it's in today?
I also liked (and, more importantly, understood) Obama's plan for the healthcare system. I think his plan will address many of the issues families have today with obtaining and keeping health insurance. McCain's plan seemed fuzzy to me. All I took away from McCain's plan is that at some point in the past or maybe the future (again, not clear) that he has or may look into hair plugs, a comment that was somewhat reminiscent of Bush's speaking style.
For these reasons, after tonight's debate, I am leaning towards a vote for Obama ... I think. The biggest concern I still have is the state of our economy and how each candidate plans to address and fix this issue.
The bottom line: I still need to hear more. Thankfully, we still have one more debate. I can't wait.
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