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The Issues

The issues that are raised in the course of the presidential debates are very important.  The questions and answers help set the tone for the campaign and upon which aspects of American life the candidates focus.  Perhaps most interesting are the issues at the bottom of this list.  Poverty, crime, drugs and race have been all but ignored during this cycle.  It should also be noted that "political" questions about the horse race, who is best to take on Obama or who is moderate or conservative were asked second-most.  In the final six debates these questions became increasingly prominent, as perhaps the moderators felt the candidates' responses on issues were largely known.  Here is a breakdown of what subjects have been touched upon...

Politics, Leadership & Character

171.5        

Jobs & Growth

130.5

Health Care/Medicare

93

Immigration

78.5

Taxes

67.5

Terrorism/Torture

53

Banking/Federal Reserve

35   

Spending & Budgets 

35

Military/Defense

33

Afghanistan

28

Middle East

26.5

Housing

24

Iran

23.5

Energy

23

Gay Rights

22.5

Faith

22   

 

Regulations & Government Size 

21

Abortion/Contraception

20.5

Education

17.5

Social Security

16.5  

China

15

Pakistan

12.5

Foreign Aid

12  

 

HPV Vaccine

9

 Unions/Right to Work Laws

8

The Judiciary

7 

The Environment

7

Libya

6

Crime/Death Penalty

6

Cuba

6

 Space Exploration

5

Race

4.5

Auto Industry

4.5

Trade

3

Poverty

2.5

Stock Market

2.5

 European Debt Crisis

2

Drugs

0.5

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