Debate 3: Spin Alley - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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After presidential debate #3 at Hofstra University, the media swarmed in on senators, governors, mayors and campaign managers in spin alley. Below are some of the exclusive questions asked by Black

Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)

BE: Sen. Daschle said that Sen. McCain came off as mean-spirited, if so, how do you think Obama responded?

In a way that the American people would like to see. He rose above it and talked about things that they are concerned about, which is the tighter economic position they find themselves in. Given that they are working harder, earning less and paying more I think that Barack answered the charge when he needed to and rose above it which is what the American people needed to see. On style and on substance, Barack consistently has done what he did in the first two debates, look and sound presidential.

BE: McCain brought up Ayers, he brought up ACORN, why didn’t Obama bring up the Keating Five?

Obama succinctly answered the question on Bill Ayers and took care of it. He didn’t need anything more. Ayers doesn’t work. Keating is a little more relevant, time-wise to the scandal here, but what is more relevant is [McCain] has economic policies that will repeat the same policies that George Bush had. Barack spent his time on things that mattered to people.

BE: What was the most important thing that came out of this debate for you?

This is the last bend in the road before you have open running field. There is nothing changed about their two positions right now.

David Axelrod, chief strategists for Sen. Barack Obama

BE: In the coming weeks Mr. Axelrod what does the Obama campaign plan to do to attack voter suppression and voter caging by the RNC?

We have as large a legal team, as has ever been engaged in an election. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who votes is eligible to vote and everyone who is eligible to vote has the opportunity to do so and we’re not going to allow anyone to be deprived of that right. It is a major focus of our campaign. The American people want change we’re not going to allow those kinds of tactics to interfere with that.

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts:

BE: Gov. Romney how will McCain’s free trade policies affect automakers in Michigan and across the country?

The best way to have a bright economic future for America is for us to be able to trade on a fair and level playing field around the world. John McCain believes in trading with other nations and making sure the trade is done on a fair basis. If someone is cheating. You stop them from cheating. You have to make sure in every agreement

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.