We've seen tens of thousands of ads and possibly heard millions of words about the 2012 election. But many policies remain undiscussed. Neither candidate, for example, has talked about climate change policy. We have to just assume that their picks for the Supreme Court would be just like the people up there now. And most fact-checking agencies have found big holes in plans for deficit reduction. What do you think has been missing from this campaign? What were the issues you wanted to hear more about from the candidates?
The Democratic National Convention is finishing and the consensus is that the Democrats did a better job than Republicans did in laying out their case for re-election. Of course, that was boosted by President Bill Clinton's weaving together of folk wisdom and policy wonkery.
Two University of Colorado political scientists have developed a model, which they say, predicts that Mitt Romney will win over three hundred electoral college votes and the presidency. Their model would have predicted the winner of every election since 1980.
The lastest Marist poll on the presidential election in Nevada shows that the race is a statistical dead-heat. The president has a slight advantage but supporters of both candidates are enthusiastic about their man. This poll also lists the issues voters believe are important when they make their decision. Some see the economy as the top issue and others see social issues as crucial. We talk with the director of the Marist Poll and we want to hear what you think are the big issues for this election.
The slates are now complete for the primaries in June. The big names drew some opponents and there will be a couple of tough intramural battles to see who carries the party banners in the congressional and legislative races.
The conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney is unbeatable after he takes the New Hampshire primary. So what will happen after New Hampshire? Two more primaries are scheduled in South Carolina and Florida before the action finally comes to the Nevada caucuses.
If you think the Democrats and the Republicans are only in it for themselves and don't care about real people, a new Internet-based political party might be for you. Americans Elect has just won minor party status in Nevada, which means it will be able to place its candidate for president on the ballot in 2012. But will the Internet produce a different kind of politics? Can enough people be motivated to attend an online nominating convention? Or will America Elects suffer the fate of most third parties in American History and fade after one or two elections.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, the long-time representative of Nevada's 1st Congressional district, has announced that she'll be running in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Dean Heller. The Northern Nevada Congressman was recently appointed to replace Sen. John Ensign. We talk with the congresswoman about the deficit and debt ceiling debates in Washington and what she supports as a long-term fix for Medicare and Social Security.
Las Vegas businessman and member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry CommissionByron Georgiou is not waiting for other Democrats. He's already jumped into the 2012 Senate race. Many Democrats are skeptical but Georgiou says we need an outsider and not just another politician. We talk to him about his platform and why he thinks he's the best Democrat to run against Republicans like Congressman Dean Heller.