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John Norton Moore - "Presidential Debates Introduction"

The Presidential Debates

Issues and Questions for the 2016 Elections and Beyond

The Initiative

Once again this Great Nation has embarked on a journey to elect a new President. The candidates have come forward and the debates are now underway in both Parties. It is in the interest of all Americans that the candidates, and the debates, seriously address the grave national challenges and opportunities now before the Nation. To assist that discussion, which must be a national discussion shared by all, a dozen concerned American citizens have come together to raise questions and offer suggestions for the candidates; Democrat and Republican alike. They are doing so without compensation and without party, candidate, or institutional sponsorship.

Each expert has prepared a short paper in their area of expertise addressing a major national challenge or opportunity. Many of the challenges, including national defense, foreign policy, and immigration reform, are already central to the debates. But some of the opportunities will be new to the debates, such as those on “Targeting Disease,” “Education against Crime,” “Social Security Optionality: Reducing the Wealth Gap,” “Relational [Community] Policing,” and “Right-Sizing Government.”

Each paper reflects the views of the presenter. There has been no effort to coordinate views; nor is any presenter responsible for the views expressed by other presenters. Some of the papers may appeal more to Democratic candidates, and some may appeal more to Republican candidates. The subjects, however, have been chosen for their national importance and the presenters for their recognized expertise, regardless of political affiliation.

Each of the declared candidates in both parties, as well as the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, were informed of this initiative and invited to send a representative to the Press Conferences at which these papers were presented to the Nation: Press Conferences were held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16; Thursday, October 22; and Friday, October 23, 2015. Each candidate was also sent a copy of all of the papers, as well as a link to this website. Further, the papers are being made broadly available to the national media with the hope that the media might find the papers of interest in questioning the candidates. It is hoped that as the debates progress in and between the parties, that the candidates and the Nation more broadly, will reflect on the range of serious problems faced by the Nation and will consider the questions and recommendations presented in these papers.