Answer Interruptus

Yesterday, I wrote here that I was scheduled to appear on Good Morning America today to talk about an issue that’s virtually absent from the presidential campaign. You responded in force with guesses about what the issue is, and several of you guessed right.

But there is a reason I used that phrase, “scheduled to appear” — because with TV, you never know. I got bumped from the live show this a.m., so we taped the segment and hopefully it will air soon. I will let you know. Since the segment hasn’t aired yet, I shouldn’t divulge the topic, although I can give another hint.

ABC News recently ran a poll asking the following question:

“Thinking ahead to the November 2008 presidential election, what is the single most important issue in your choice for president?”

The topic I was discussing does not appear on the list of 18 answers below. Now keep in mind that people were asked to list only their top issue, not to rank a list of issues. Still, I was surprised to see the topic missing from this list. Which, of course, is why you haven’t heard much about it during the campaign: if the people aren’t thinking about it, the politicians aren’t talking about it.

1. Economy/Jobs
2. Iraq/War in Iraq
3. Health Care
4. Ethics/Honesty/Corruption in government
(TIED FOR No. 5)
Terrorism/National security
Immigration/Illegal immigration
(TIED FOR No. 6)
Morals/Family values
Foreign policy
(TIED FOR No. 7)
Social Security
(TIED FOR No. 8)
Federal budget deficit
Global warming
Iran/Situation in Iran
Guns/Gun control



Mike N

Whatever it is I'm sure there is a close connect with religion !!


Belly buttons! Apparently there is someone who has two of them.


They'll probably air it after the election...


Crime and Punishment (in the form of The Supremes/SCOTUS)

You've talked about crime stats a great deal in the blog in the past.


I couldn't get through all of this but I can't possibley imagine him going on there to talk about something like oil, religion, or something as highly politicized as civil rights and executive powers.

Bill Brasky

Most studies show crime decreasing pretty much across the board. And there will be no internet unless we solve our long-term energy demands. I hope this is what he's talking about. I'm sure he will tap into the work of James Kunstler.


stem cell research?


I still say capital punishment. I swear I heard a report on this on CNN or something. Where did I hear this?!?? Driving me crazy...

When are we going to know the answer?!? I thought it was going to "air soon"??? psh


Firstly, though you said you were scheduled to appear on T.V. you didn't say, "I'm scheduled to post the answer sometime tomorrow late a.m./early afternoon."

Secondly, the question is flawed, there is no singular issue that presidential candidates have been ignoring.


personal data privacy, ID theft

Sam M

The Media's failure to do its job/net neutrality?

Zaheer Ellias Najeeb



Net Neutrality


katrina, 9/11, etc


China and India's growth? And the impact this will have economically, ecologically, etc. on the western world? There was a good NYT op/ed (Krugman, I think) earlier this week.


Corruption in government


Crime! It has to be crime! We truly have turned a corner when that is not top of anyones list.


International Trade Agreements, and the increase of rights afforded to corporations at the expense of society. (i.e. structural adjustment programs)


I don't see the war on drugs, prostitution, or nuclear power on that list.