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U.S Presidential Debate Impresses Zimbabweans

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Violet Gonda
In their second of three presidential debates, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took questions from an audience of undecided voters Tuesday night at New York's Hofstra University.  

Both candidates clashed over the state of the U.S. economy, jobs, immigration and foreign affairs, including last month’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya that killed America's ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

Media pundits said Mr. Obama performed much better and spoke more forcefully than he did in the first debate.

A CNN poll showed that 46 percent of voters who watched the second presidential debate said that the president won the showdown while 39 percent  believed that the Republican nominee beat Mr. Obama.

The faceoff was so heated that at one point the governor seemed to question or doubt the president’s patriotism on handling the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.

Mr. Obama said it was “offensive” that anyone would use the violence in Libya to play politics or mislead the American people.

Ralph Black, of the USA Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told VOA the presidential debates show that America is a true democracy that Africa should learn from, especially as opponents can differ fundamentally on policy issues without resorting to violence.

The final debate is expected to focus on U.S. foreign affairs. Black said the election campaign has rarely focused on Africa. 

“Some of the presidential candidates in the past didn’t know that Africa has 51 or 52 countries. They thought that Africa was just one big country called Nigeria," said Black..

“So there is a blind spot regarding Africa generally in the United States. In the absence of Libya and in the absence of Egypt, Africa wouldn’t be a continent.”

Director McDonald Lewanika of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said his organization has started running similar public debates on the constitution-making process and hopes to expand into other areas.

But he points out the major problem stifling movement in the country is that Zimbabwe’s political culture remains based on personalities and not policies.
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by: chorosi from: UK
22.10.2012 19:50
Zimbabwe's politics is still for stone age era refer to speech by Justice Minister Chinamasa and Rugare Gumbo also top securicruts both army and police, clearly stating that they will stage a revolt if the populance in Zimbabwe Vote for Tsvangirai .
This is not anew trend as Nkomo died a disapponted man due to ZANUPF's political onslaught. Zimbabweans this time will not sit around and let these renegages heck their kinsfork to death over voting for a government of their choice. International Community must stop Mugabe's barbarous manouvres.

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