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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


Great debates



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October 24, 2012 - The presidential debates have been interesting this year.

I've enjoyed watching President Obama and Gov. Romney go at it during their three debates, even if I had lots of work I had to get to.

Lots of strategizing go into those things, with the candidates and their teams going over every conceivable scenario. Do they work that hard when preparing for meetings with world leaders and legislators? I hope so.

Then there's watching the commentators discuss winners and losers, points, and zingers. Romney seemed to have mostly left the zinger game behind at Monday's debate, much to commentators' disappointment, probably. After that, I like checking out what the Saturday Night Live guys come up with.

The World Wide Web being what it is, I can also check out what the animators at Next Media Animation make of the debates, over in Taiwan.

They use computer animation to tell the news. Mitt Romney pummeling the president with oversize boxing gloves, making his head spin, for the first debate. Their video covering the 2012 American League Championship Series, with actual (animated) tigers bounding onto the diamond and mauling a Yankees pitcher down to his skeleton. That's the sort of thing they do.

Those aren't the only debates available to watch, though.

Locally, the League of Women Voters hosted a debate featuring candidates for Independence Township trustee, for broadcast on public access Independence TV.

There are Republicans and Democrats in this year's race, so it wasn't decided in last August's primary for a change.

The candidates came up with some new ideas, reports Mary Keck, who asked some of the questions in the debate.

I hosted my own debate/discussion on ClarkstonTV.com for Clarkston School Board candidates. Being a newspaper guy, I brought up the school board's communications policy, as presented by that lawyer back in February. Interesting discussion on that and other issues.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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