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Sorry, Mr. President
Last week’s debate at Hofstra University was so contentious that some pundits thought that the two candidates might actually come to blows. It turned out those far-fetched fears might have been somewhat close to reality after Mitt Romney’s son Tagg said in a radio interview that he thought about “taking a swing” at the president. The campaign quickly downplayed the comments and now CNN’s Jessica Yellin has learned that Tagg has personally apologized to Obama.
The president and Tagg were seen speaking on stage after Monday’s debate in Boca Raton, Florida, and two Obama aides confirmed the conversation included an apology.
While the Boca debate was much calmer than last week’s, one does wonder what the Secret Service thought as Tagg approached Obama.
The debate you DIDN’T watch
So how did you think Virgil Goode did in the presidential debate this week? You mean you don’t remember him on stage with Obama and Romney in Boca Raton? And further more, who is Virgil Goode?
Goode is the Constitution Party nominee for president and took part in this week’s other presidential debate -- held last night in a Chicago hotel ballroom. He took the stage with fellow third-party nominees Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein (who was arrested outside the Hostra debate as she protested her exclusion from it).
Unlike the thousands of reporters on site in Boca Raton, there was nearly non-existent coverage of the Chicago debate, moderated by former CNN host Larry King and streamed live on the Internet. But the Washington Post was there and brings us this quote from Johnson: “Wasting your vote is voting for somebody that you don’t believe in. That’s wasting your vote. I’m asking everybody here, I’m asking everybody watching this nationwide to waste your vote on me.”
In case you’d like to cast YOUR vote for one of these alternative candidates, here’s what the parties stand for according to their respective websites:
The Constitution Party supports “candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions.”
The Justice Party seeks “social, economic, and environmental justice for all, not just for the wealthiest Americans and their corporations,” and wants to “return political power to the people through fair and transparent elections, campaign finance reform, proportional representation, and Constitutional amendment.”
The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for “a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” Their slogan is “minimum government, maximum freedom.”
The Green Party says it’s committed to environmentalism, nonviolence, and social justice and that “whether the issue is universal health care, corporate globalization, alternative energy, election reform or decent, living wages for workers, Greens have the courage and independence necessary to take on the powerful corporate interests.”
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