The Last Stand: Presidential Debate #3 - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Debate Transcripts


10:31pm – Go vote now. It will make you feel big and strong.

As Schieffer closes with the advice above from his mother, the candidates are joined by their wives. They descend from the stage to greet the audience.




10:27pm  – Closing Time

McCain says he has a record of reform and has been a careful steward of tax dollars. He says that the promises and committments that he and Obama made are all based on whether or not you can trust us.  He reminds us all that he is a veteran, which assumingly makes him trust worthy.


Obama says the biggest risk we could take during this horrible economic time is to adopt the same failed policies of President Bush. Obama says he has fought for policies that have lifted wages and increased jobs. He promises that if we give him the honor of serving as president he will work tirelessly.


10:16 Education: Paying More, Getting Less


Obama starts. He says early childhood education will reduce the achievement gap. Recruitment, higher pay, professional development, higher standards and accountability for teachers will turn around our education system says Obama.


On Education, now McCain is a proponent of choice. McCain says Education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Choice and competition among schools is one of the key elements to improving schools.


The candidates are back in attack mode. Obama says that with No Child Left Behind, President Bush instituted unfunded mandates. On Charter schools the candidates agree. The first time tonight. But Obama doesn’t agree with McCain’s support of vouchers.


Obama says our children are not interest groups. He says that his opponent. McCain is condescendingly surprised that Obama did not recognize Washington D.C.’s successful voucher program.


Obama responds, he acknowledges the education problem in D.C. and commends the mayor for turning the situation around. McCain interrupts him and says that the mayor of D.C. supports vouchers. Obama continues by explaining that vouchers still leave students out in the cold.

10:08 – Ideological Standards on Abortion


I would not impose a litmus tests, says McCain as he responds to choosing a judge who does or doesn’t support Roe V. Wade. He calls Obama’s stance on abortion as ideological. Obama says he also would not provide a litmus test, but he believes that Roe was rightly decided. He says that women are in the best position to make the decision about abortion.


“McCain says we have to change the culture of America,” says McCain. “Those of us who are pro-life understand that.” McCain highlights Obama’s vote against a ban on partial birth abortion. McCain says Obama’s record is a direct contradiction to mainstream America.


Obama says that he would not vote to

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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, SocialWayne.com 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 BlackEnterprise.com 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 BlackEnterprise.com 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.


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