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Virtual Debate ’08 – Day 1

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President of the United States

Virtual Debate ’08 is the effort of the Family Policy Council of WV to give candidates for political office the chance to speak directly to their voters.  No spin.  No sound bites.  Just questions and answers.

Over the next week, we will be asking questions of candidates from United States Senate to West Virginia Attorney General.  The candidates have been given the questions ahead of time and were given the same amount of time to answer them.  Candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties were offered the opportunity to participate.  In the invitation, it was stated that if a candidate chose not to participate, we would simply comment that, “This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.”  

It is not our intent to endorse or oppose any candidate for office.  We have simply made available a vehicle for candidates for public office to speak directly to those they seek to govern.  

However, we did not anticipate both candidates for office declining our repeated requests to participate.  Today, you were to have read the debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, candidates for President of the United States.  Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to contact and encourage both campaigns (by mail, email, telephone, and personal meetings), both candidates have declined to participate in Virtual Debate ’08.

While we cannot bring you the responses of either candidate, we do wish to provide you with information from which you can draw your own decision on Election Day.  To that end, we encourage you to peruse the information linked below.  Perhaps like any election day before, this November 4 will be of critical importance to the future of the family.  

Thanks for stopping by Virtual Debate ’08.  Tomorrow, the debate will continue with candidates for the United States Senate from West Virginia.

2008 Presidential Voter Guide presented by FRCAction (opens PDF).

2008 Democratic National Committee Party Platform (opens PDF).

2008 Republican Party Platform.

2008 WV GOP Platform.

2008 WV DNC Platform (links to page where platform can be downloaded).

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 15, 2008 at 4:00 am

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