What worries me about last night’s debate

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R) and Vice-President Joe Biden (L) listen to question from moderator Martha Raddatz at the 2012 vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Thursday, October 11, 2012 (Credit: Christopher Dilts for Obama for America via Flickr)Last night’s vice-presidential debate was “spirited,” according to National Public Radio.  The Los Angeles Times called it “lively.” From my vantage point, it was neither.

I spoke last night to more than 600 Texas Tech students in Lubbock, Texas.  I was asked to address the faith of the candidates: is Barack Obama a Muslim?  Can a Christian vote for a Mormon?  I made a brief presentation, reserving most of the time for questions.  When I’ve spoken at this event in the past, Q&A went far beyond the time allotted; on one occasion I talked to students for 90 minutes after the service concluded.

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