The U.S. presidential election is less than three weeks away.The U.S. economic crisis is expected to
dominate the third and final presidential debate tonight (Wednesday night) between Republican candidate John McCain and
Democrat Barack Obama.
The two senators face different challenges in the face-off at
Hofstra University in New York before U.S. voters elect a new president.
McCain is seeking to re-charge his campaign after falling behind in opinion
polls to Obama. For his part, Obama is trying to avoid any costly mistakes and
maintain his momentum.
Obama has sought to link McCain to the unpopular incumbent president,
Republican George Bush, while McCain has portrayed Obama as too liberal and too
The U.S. financial meltdown has helped propel Obama in the polls nationally and
in key battleground states, with many voters apparently trusting him more than
McCain to deal with the economy.
The topic of today’s Hello Washington is US Presidential
Election: Issues & Personalities. Our distinguished panelists are Dr. Ali
Riaz and Dr. Mehnaaz Momen.
Dr. Ali Riaz is the Chairman of the Department of Politics
and Government and Professor at Illinois State University. Prior to joining Illinois State University
he taught at Claflin University in South Carolina, and the University of
Lincoln in England.
Dr. Mehnaaz Momen is an Associate
Professor in the Department
of Social Sciences at Texas A
& M International University. Dr. Momen has written extensively and has
published many books.