A Vixen’s Guide to the Presidential Debates: Reasons You Should Watch


Presidential Debate Barack Obama Mitt RomneyAnother strong factor in the Black woman’s upward mobility is healthcare. While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been enacted, with the possibility of a new president, it could be rescinded. It’s important for us to listen to both candidates stance on healthcare, and in the advent of a different president than Obama, we must be educated on Mitt Romney’s action plan to keep healthcare a priority.

Black women represent the largest group of democratic voters in the country at 20 million. In 2008, 69 percent of eligible Black women voters showed up at the polls. Let’s increase that number this year, and start by watching the debates that could further help you decide which candidate is best for you. Use these debates as a litmus to see which candidate cracks under pressure and which will adequately address the issues that we care about on a national stage.

Usually, the first debate helps undecided voters swing left or right. Remember, our voice isn’t monolithic. We represent a large range of opinions and views on issues. Historically, the candidate ahead in the polls after the first debate, has won the Electoral College. See why it’s important? The 90-minute televised debate will be broken down into six 15-minute segments. The moderator, Jim Lehrer, the Executive Editor of PBS NewsHour will open the segment with a question. The candidates each have two minutes to respond.

So take notes, stay informed and tune in to the debates from 9 – 10:30 p.m. EST, which will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. It will also be streamed live on BET.com.

Happy debating!–Angel Elliott