Sunday, September 30, 2012

All Eyes on Colorado (and Ohio?): NPR's Pre-debate News Coverage

Seaira Christian-Daniels

NPR News
Shifting away from the fluffy election stories from last week, NPR news focused its headlines to the upcoming debates in Colorado this week.

The University of Denver, NPR says, will be the scene of one of the most important stylistic events  in which either of the candidates will be a participant on Wednesday.

Colorado’s voters vary as much as its climate, and Romney and President Obama have been targeting their winnable voters and adding their last bits of information before early voting on the October 22.


An important indicator of who will be most prepared for the debates this Wednesday will be the candidate whose stand-in debater is the most knowledgeable, says NPR’s staff.  NPR featured a story on a former George W. Bush debate stand-in Paul Begala, whose wife, he said, hated turning on the radio for fear of hearing Al Gore’s speeches. The stand-ins must literally, as he says, become like the opposition in speech pattern and political views.
Though all eyes are on the Presidential debates in Colorado, both candidates still have messages for Ohio in their back pockets.

One third of NPR’s top 9 stories about the Presidential race concern Ohio.

The Oracle in Ohio
Obama’s campaign stop in Bowling Green, Ohio, isn’t a surprise considering it sits in the same county that has almost flawlessly coincided the outcome of the Presidential election for the past 50 years, Wood County.

Wood county’s voters are a-typical, though and range from a Latino salsa maker who has pledged to vote for Romney, to a coal worker who says Obama needs another chance.

According to, the goal of each presidential candidate is to get the “last word” that resonates in Ohio’s rural voters’ minds.

From campaign ads to commentary on China, Ohio’s prized electoral votes have made the state a constant presence in NPR’s top stories this week.

Ohio has received one-sixth of the YouTube campaign ads and both candidates appealed to Ohioans that his policy on China is what is best for this country.

Ohio early voting begins October 2.

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