These Hot-Button Issues Need Pressing in Last Debate

Abortion, Supreme Court among issues ignored in McCain-Obama encounters thus far
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2008 3:19 PM CDT
John McCain speaks as Barack Obama listens during a town hall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – There's just one debate to go, and a surprising number of "hot buttons have gone unpressed," writes John J. Pitney, Jr. in the National Review. A search of the previous debates' transcripts turned up plenty of topics that demand a visit:

  • Abortion: “So far, nobody has even uttered the word in the debates,” despite the sharp contrast between the candidates.

  • Stem cells: A major issue in 2006, completely ignored this year.
  • Supreme Court: “Even a single appointment could have a major effect on the law. Amazingly, the transcripts show no mention of the phrase ‘Supreme Court’ or any of the sitting justices,” leaving us to guess what kind of judges the candidates would nominate.
  • Immigration: Another hot-button issue of yesteryear, off the map now. “Does anybody think that we have solved the problem once and for all?”
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