premises http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19034/all en Character the Most Important Issue in the Presidential Primary Debates: Executive Summary http://mrc.org/special-reports/character-most-important-issue-presidential-primary-debates-executive-summary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/cmi-staff">CMI Staff</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Presidential debates are crucial, especially for Americans who have not made up their minds about who could best lead the nation. Although reporters often focus on policy differences, many Americans are more interested in the character of the person who will occupy the Oval Office than his or her position on particular issues. Debates are a window into the candidates' character and values. In a volatile world where crises can arise at any moment, Americans need to trust that their president is guided by something stronger than public opinion.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/special-reports/character-most-important-issue-presidential-primary-debates-executive-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Special Reports Culture and Media Institute abc asked candidates character CMI Debates Democrats faced focus Fox Hardball hardballs honesty parties percent premises questions Republicans softballs Fri, 14 Nov 2008 19:35:00 +0000 admin 31529 at http://mrc.org