Substance and gravity.

Two candidates, and no network moderators.

Barack Obama’s campaign is considering a suggestion from
John McCain’s campaign for the two presidential hopefuls to participate
in joint town meetings and debates around the country starting this
summer, Obama’s chief strategist said Sunday…

Asked about the suggestion and how seriously it was being
considered, David Axelrod, Obama’s chief campaign strategist said:
“Very seriously.”

“We believe that is the most significant election we’ve faced in a long time,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“We’re at war. Our economy is in turmoil. And we’ve got so many
challenges that the people of this country deserve a serious discourse,
and it shouldn’t be limited necessarily to three kind of very
regimented debates in the fall,” he added, referring to those
sanctioned by a presidential commission.

Let the people ask the questions they’re most concerned about. Many
haven’t been asked yet by big media. There’s been little to no follow
through, and little accountability by candidates who dodge issues. This
is a great idea. The people deserve a serious discourse. Keep it civil,
open and honest. We’ll learn what we need to know about two competing
worldviews on the issues that most challenge our nation.

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....