Listening Party

Last night, after the presidential debate at Hofstra University, we held our fourth — and final — NPR listening party, which aired on many NPR stations across the country. Most of the TOTN gang was in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the campus of Virginia Tech, in a room with several hundred Hokies.

Our Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, was there, roaming around the audience, microphone in hand, listening to reactions, asking about issues. It wasn't hard to see, or hear, how divided the Commonwealth of Virginia is. (Old Dominion is, after all, a so-called "swing state," a "battleground," "up for grabs".)

Back here in Washington, I was answering calls from listeners from around the country. The phones rang from 10:45 p.m. (before the on-air party started!) until well after midnight. We asked callers to tell us what issue matters the most to them, and if the candidates addressed it during the debate. What did I hear a lot of? Everything from the economy, which callers said Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL) did address, to immigration, which came up only once.

Did you tune in to our listening parties? If so, what did you think? And if you tried to call last night, and I didn't get to you, now's your chance to tell us what is important to you in this election. And are you still waiting to hear the nominees talk about it?



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