When: Late September
Where: Post-industrial city in swing state TBD
Who: Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator X
What: A Presidential debate focused on the unique issues facing America’s Great Lakes region: water, population decline in urban centers, making an imperfect (at best) transition from sole economic reliance on heavy industry, and more.
Not so fast... As much as we wish this was an official announcement, it is not. The GLUE team is interested in hearing from our team mates, friends, and site visitors about this new idea.
A regionally-focused debate would set the nation’s eyes on the natural resources, struggling economies, and cities in flux of the states surrounding 20% of the world’s fresh water (well, at least the American side), and that at one time produced the majority of the world’s wealth. Oh, and did we mention they are swing states?
Quick facts about the Presidential debates thus far…
Debates total: 45
Democratic debates: 24
Republican debates: 21
Debates in GLUE cities: 8 (Cleveland, OH, Detroit, MI, Des Moines IA, and Chicago, IL)
Debates in GLUE states: 11 (Dearborn, MI and Sioux City, IA are not currently targeted by the GLUE network)
Making it happen…
All our candidates know that the support of this region is critical to victory in November. The region should hear from both the Democratic and Republican nominees about issues uniquely impacting these states.
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