CHH Politics: Election debates a fight for the middle class

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 Political Cartoon

Leah Railey

The election season has come to the debates. This means we, the lucky American public, get the honor of watching our candidates hash it out on live television.

The point of these debates is to win the vote of the undecided people, who are approximated to be between 3 and 8 percent of registered voters. Regardless of their objective, most of the debates are filled with unattainable promises, and vague, diplomatic words used to persuade people. However, the undecided voters are probably not going to decide based on the Super Pac funded propaganda or the mudslinging debates. I would not be surprised if that 3 to 8 percent of Americans decided to pick the “lesser evil,” or the independent candidates on the ballot like Gary Johnson. 

While the undecided vote is necessary, this time is also to solidify the promised votes of each party’s demographic of voters. Conservatives usually have a demographic of the white heterosexual male Christians, which is not generalized, seeing as many of those lovely men are liberals, but one cannot acknowledge they hold the majority in both the more conservative party and in society. Liberals have an existing demographic consisting of racial and ethnic minorities, the youth and women. However easy it may seem to win with the minorities rallying to make a majority, all three are notorious for not voting! One reason is for the voter identification laws, or laws that restrict voters from voting without the proper new identification requirement. There are said to be about 17 states that have passed these laws. While these laws are intended to stop voter fraud, voter identification laws have been criticized for their obstruction of minorities’ rights to vote, especially the elderly.

In this election, the two sides are fighting over one major group of Americans -— the educated middle class. In the past two debates that I have seen so far, the wordsmiddle classhave been addressed more than enough times. This group is known for being the most moderate. This is not just a fight for the vote — it’s become a fight for the middle class vote