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Debate Countdown: What Will YOU Be Watching For?


Debate Countdown: What Will YOU Be Watching For?

It’s coming!  The all-important first Obama-Romney debate is just days away. We’ll have previews and features but we need to know what YOU will be watching for.

The topics for this first encounter will be:

Economy45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government – 15 minutes
Governing – 15 minutes

Please help us by adding your questions/ideas in the COMMENTS.  And share this so others can join the conversation!

We’ll also offer links to Causes stories relevant to issues raised in the debate as they emerge. For starters here are links to some of our topic pages: Voting Rights, Health Care,  Government, EconomyJobs,  War on Women, Women, Civil Rights , Climate Change ,LGBT Rights, Education, Energy , Economy , Science , Animal Rights

Here’s the whole schedule – but please, scroll down and send us your ideas!

October 3, 2012 in Denver, CO Topic: Domestic policy. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time – Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS), who will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

October 11, 2012 in Danville, KY Vice Presidential – Topic: Foreign and domestic polic. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time   Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)m who will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, NY Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time –  Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent) This debate is a town meeting; citizens (undecided voters chosen by Gallup)  will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion.

October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL Topic: Foreign policy  Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)   The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/debate-countdown-what-will-you-be-watching-for.html#ixzz27vDeUbVU


Up Close and Personal at the Supreme Court …a message from Fatima Goss Graves

As I sat in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday and watched the lead attorney for Betty Dukes, the former Wal-Mart greeter, argue on behalf of her and the other women of Wal-Mart, I was more certain than ever that their cause is just and must prevail. Wal-Mart v. Dukes illuminates the fact that equal pay and a fair shot at promotion are still a dream for many working women across the country.

Please help support the Center’s efforts on behalf of the women at Wal-Mart and all women and girls nationwide.

As you may know, the National Women’s Law Center co-authored an amicus brief in Wal-Mart v. Dukes on behalf of 32 other organizations, setting out why the sexist treatment of Wal-Mart’s female employees was clearly discriminatory and why the case is so important to working women everywhere.

If the Supreme Court gives the green light to the women of Wal-Mart to proceed as a class, as it should, it will mean that these women, who first filed their lawsuit 10 years ago, will have their day in court at last. They will finally have the chance to equalize pay and promotions at the country’s largest employer. And the Supreme Court will send an important message that no company is too big or too powerful to be held accountable.

Several years ago, the Center led a coalition pressing Congress to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and today that legislation is the law of the land. Now the Center is continuing the fight for fair pay. Through our work on the Wal-Mart case, advocacy, public education and much more, the Center will not rest until the job is done.

Please help support the Center’s efforts on behalf of fair pay for women and all the other issues on which we work.

On behalf of women and families everywhere, thank you for your generous help.


Fatima Goss Graves

Vice President for Education and Employment

National Women’s Law Center

P.S. Please donate today. And you can also watch Center Co-President Marcia Greenberger discussing the case on ABC Weekend News, NBC Nightly News, and PBS NewsHour.