It will be a pleasant surprise if the next – and last – presidential
debate tackles the tough questions on moral issues and judicial
philosophy, among other areas left unaddressed lately in the other
debates.

But don’t count on it. There’s a template for these things, and network anchors pretty much stick to it.

The candidates were queried on a narrow range of
foreign, economic, health care, and environmental issues–the stuff they
talk about every day at rallies and fundraisers. These didn’t come
close to what voters at a real town hall meeting might have asked.
There was no mention of abortion, immigration, moral values, same sex
marriage, guns, their role models, their view of the presidency, or
their religious faith.

Like Barnes suggests, let’s have Rick Warren back.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....