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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 03: University of Denver students Zach Gonzales (L) and Dia Mohamed (R) stand in for U.S. President Barack Obama, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney as Sam Garry (C) stands in for moderator Jim Lehrer during a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's presidential debate at University of Denver on October 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Tomorrow marks the first presidential debate with the two candidates as little more than one month remains before Americans head to the polls to elect their president for the next four years. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
“The economy, stupid” is a phrase coined by political strategist James Carville during Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign in 1992, but those words couldn’t be truer than they are in the 2012 presidential race. In fact, the economy is so significant that it will be the focus of over half of tonight’s first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
While the economy is certainly a primary concern to many if not most voters, not everyone is pleased with how much airtime will be spent talking about financial security. Some relatives of victims in the Aurora shooting massacre, which happened near the Denver debate location, sent a letter to moderator Jim Lehrer asking for gun control issues to be addressed. Another issue that may not see the light of day in the debate is the overpopulation of the U.S. prison system.
Is the economy important enough to warrant over half the focus of tonight’s debate? What other important issues are not being given enough attention throughout this year’s presidential race?