One thing can be said about the 2012 presidential debates: Americans are fully engaged. Wednesday night will see an overflow of interesting events planned - from debate parties to old-fashioned bingos. Yes, bingo. The Vegas-type viewer is even getting their wager on, following in one of the candidates’ footsteps perhaps? Remember that infamous $10,000 bet waged byto challenger Gov. during one of the Republican debates? (I think that was a defining moment for poor Mittens, and not in a good way either).
Oh, but I digress. Back to the flurry of activities planned for tonight’s presidential debates in Denver, as Obama takes on Romney in round one. There are numerous parties hosted all over New York City, and I’m sure in your neck of the woods too. You may even be presiding over your own. There are the small, personal gatherings made up of friends and families, snacks, drinks and a big screen television.
Then there are the larger more impersonal parties planned throughout communities: at bars, community centers, etc., where anyone can go listen and debate the issues beforehand and after.
The moms over at momsrising.org have something unique going. They are hosting a national game of presidential debate bingo starting at 6 p.m. PDT or 9 p.m. EDT, where anyone can join in. Here is an excerpt from an email sent to me showing you exactly how it works, in their own words:
Every time a candidate talks about an issue on our BINGO card, you mark it down on your card--and maybe even raise your bowl of popcorn, or some hot cocoa, in a cheer!
We'll be keeping track of points as the debate happens on the MomsRising.org homepage, as well as on Twitter with hashtags #Risers, #momsvote and #kids2012. The more tallies a candidate gets on the card during the debate, the better. Feel free to stop by online and share your thoughts during, and after, the debate.
Then when the debates are over, we'll share the Presidential debate BINGO card tallies for each candidate with the media, as well as with the campaigns. This way the candidates will know that real people are paying attention to--and tallying!--where they stand on family economic security issues. And thus, playing something as fun as BINGO will help remind the candidates to put family economic security issues as a top priority.
Here's a link to get the BINGO card: http://action.momsrising.org/go/2256?t=6
Mother Jones is also getting their bingo on, so check it out if you can.
However you watch the highly anticipated debate, listen carefully for what is said and what is ignored. Make a list of your own questions and see if they are addressed adequately.
What is the most pressing issue you would like to see both candidates address thoroughly?
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