LatinaLista — Before Senator McCain reported to his office on Capitol Hill this morning to do his indispensable part in brokering a deal on the Wall Street bailout package, a public movement to compel McCain to make his way to Oxford, Mississippi and share the stage with Barack Obama tonight was already underway.
Reproduction of wsj.com web page featuring McCain debate win ad.
Yesterday, the Demand the Debate website had been set up and by this morning over 170,000 people had signed the petition to demand that the debate proceed.
Maybe the McCain campaign realized that dropping out of the debate wasn’t seen as a show of strength by voters but as a convenient dodge tactic. It didn’t help when the McCain campaign said they would reschedule the debate for the night of October 2 â€” coincidentally, the same night that the vice presidential debate is to take place.
In the end, it’s a good thing that the McCain campaign has relented and agreed to participate tonight, especially in light of the fact that they’ve already released an Internet ad that appeared on the Wall Street Journal opinion section this morning declaring him the winner of the debate.
At any rate, it’s an understatement to say that people are excited to watch these two guys in action and media pundits can’t wait to dissect their answers.
One group of media pundits who will be doing this will be found on the 24-hour Spanish-language cable channel V-me. On V-me, the debate will be simulcast in Spanish followed by a panel discussion analyzing the candidates’ answers.
The panelists are Washington Post columnist Marcela Sanchez; Jorge Castaneda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico and visiting professor at Columbia University; Arturo Valenzuela, former National Security advisor to President Clinton and now Director of Latin American Studies at Georgetown University; Adolfo Franco, Advisor to John McCain and former Latin America administrator for USAID; and Jose Lopez Zamorano, Washington Bureau Chief for Mexican news agency Notimex.
In addition to the panelists discussing their take on the debate, the panelists will also take questions from a studio audience and questions sent via the companion website’s online forum.
It should be an interesting discussion given that the debate will be seen through the eyes of US Latinos and Latin Americans who will be able to voice their perceptions â€” a perception that is sorely absent from mainstream media debate analyst teams.