Where were faith and values?

AP Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of … Continued


Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012.

The first showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney was reportedly the most tweeted about political event, according to a Twitter spokeswoman:

For 90 minutes, the candidates shifted from civility to wonkiness as they discussed their vision for righting the nation’s economy, reducing the federal debt and reinforcing the role of government in the lives of American families and institutions.

They spoke a lot, but what did they really say? The debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer, focused on domestic issues, but immigration and violence as well as clear ideas on helping poor people were missing. While religious liberty appeared briefly when Romney talked about the role of government, the candidates didn’t mention how faith influences their lives, leadership style or decisions.

At 1 p.m. on Thursday Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will moderate a discussion here on the first debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Missed the debate or can’t remember what Obama and Romney said? Read the debate transcript here. Also, other great resources to review the candidates’ positions on key issues are the The Fix and Fact Check blogs.

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


    “Faith” and “values” do not always go hand in hand.

    Mitt’s allegedly a person of faith, but he actively disdains half of the American population, plays seriously hinky games with his taxes and misses no opportunity to lie to advance his cause. The only thing Mitt Romney believes is that he believes he’s entitled to be president.

    Bertrand Russell was a serious man, one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century – and not that sissy ontology stuff, he worked on formal logic and its structures, an ethical man who was one of the first to take a principled stand against nuclear weapons. He was also an atheist, author of the influential essay “Why I Am Not A Christian”. He was jailed for his antiwar activities several times dating back to WWI. He had values.

  • ConsDem

    What does faith and God have to do with running this country? A man’s principles, intelligence and honesty are what counts. If he gets that from faith and God – all well and good – but that’s private.

  • bailwestyahoocom

    Then you only have one choice for President and its not the incumbent,

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