Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain faced-off Friday
night in the much-awaited first U.S. presidential debate of the 2008
Up until Friday morning, it was unclear if the debate in Oxford,
Mississippi, would even take place, as Senator McCain called for a
delay to return to Washington and address the U.S. financial crisis.
Senator Obama said he would be at the venue regardless.
Two more presidential debates are scheduled -- October 7th and October
15th. The vice presidential nominees, Republican Sarah Palin and
Democrat Joe Biden, will face-off October second.
The topic of today’s Hello Washington is US Presidential
Our distinguished panelists Dr. Rekha Datta, Dr. Ali
Riaz and Morshed Alam answered listeners’ questions about the presidential
election and the debates.
Dr. Rekha Datta is the Chair & Associate
Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New
Dr. Ali Riaz is the Chairman of the Department of
Politics and Government at Illinois State University and currently an Associate
Professor. Prior to joining Illinois State University he has taught at Claflin
University in South Carolina, and the University of Lincoln in England.
Morshed Alam has been serving as the Commissioner of
Voter Assistance Commission of New York City since 2002. He was elected twice
to Community School Board in New York City and became the first South Asian to
win a public office in the New York City. In 1996 Morshed Alam founded the New
Americans Democratic Club.
Sarkar Kabiruddin hosted the show.