Waiting for God in first debate

President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sept. 27, 2012. … Continued

President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sept. 27, 2012. (Photo by: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Republican presiedntial nominee Mitt Romney is interviewed by Brian Williams during NBC’s Education Nation Summit in New York on Sept. 25, 2012. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Will Mitt Romney open the debate by congratulating President Obama on his 20th wedding anniversary?

How will the candidates address poverty? And will the men vying to lead the nation for the next four years enlighten the American public about how their faith influences their lives, informs their decisions at they discuss domestic issues?

According to Georgetown’s Jacques Berlinerblau, if the 2008 debates offer any clues, we could expect silence about faith at the debate. While Robert P. Jones of Public Religion Research Institute noted that both candidates may focus on appealing to white working-class voters, but in doing so, should avoid prevailing myths about this voting bloc.

Obama and Romney will meet for three presidential debates; Wednesday’s debate at the University of Denver will be moderated Jim Lehrer. The debate will be broken up into six segments and touch on the economy, health care, the role of government and governing.

Millions prepared to watch the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign and took to social media to share their hopes and humor about the event:


View Photo Gallery: The 90 minute presidential debate in Denver, Colo., will focus on domestic policy.

  • SODDI

    Why do you need to make everything about your silly religions?

    Who cares about that stuff – there are real life problems that need to be tackled and it’s pretty much been proven that your religions just get in the way.

  • thebobbob

    Ever had a Mormon Missionary at your door? They keep talking, they won’t shut up even when you make it clear that you don’t want what they’re selling. An enthusiastic boy scout. The problem is that he’ll say anything, earnestly, with feeling but he’s just talking out of his hat.

    Ready to join his Church of Believers? Because it ain’t about facts, it’s about wanting to believe. I’ll stick with the facts. Go knock on the next door, no thanks.

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