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Debate wasn’t very presidential

Move over Honey Boo Boo, it’s the presidential debate throw-down.

Americans certainly were not undecided at the end of Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

They loved it or hated it.

The event started with a gracious welcome by the moderator, but should have started with the “ding-ding” of a boxing ring’s bell.

Civility was out the door, apparently, when presidential push came to challenger shove.

Dignity be damned was the tone for the evening as both President Barack Obama and challenger Gov. Mitt Romney turned the debate into a free-for-all that was embarrassing.

Each candidate constantly interrupted, talked over the moderator, pointed fingers, dodged questions and generally implied — if not outright called — their opponent a liar.

How on earth can a voter decide which candidate to believe?

Neither man looked particularly presidential while trying to poke their opponent in the eye while millions watched.

Unfortunately, this is par for the course given America’s appetite for a good fight. Any night of the week — and not just during election season — so-called TV news shows routinely spiral down into yelling matches.

Millions of Americans love watching TV shows that exploit the very worst human behaviors.

So it’s no surprise that our leaders must resort to this low-class behavior to attract voters. They’ve been “approving the message” of dirty attack ads for years, now the dirty jabs are coming while looking their opponent — and millions of Americans — square in the eye.

Democracy is messy; but it’s still the best system we have. But guys, please, a little civility would mean a lot.

 

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