In what may be the longest running presidential campaign in U.S. history, the focus has changed from the economy to foreign affairs and back again. In the debates, campaign commercials and speeches, voters have heard the differences – and similarities – of health care plans, economic ideas and strategies to deal with Russia and Iraq. But what are the candidates not talking about?
On October 14, Opportunity 08 hosted a discussion to examine some of the important policy concerns that the candidates and the debates have left unexamined. The discussion included such critical issues as education, immigration, North Korea’s nuclear program and U.S. relations with China. Participants included Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of Opportunity 08; Peter Berkowitz, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings; and Audrey Singer, senior fellow at Brookings.
Opportunity 08 aims to help presidential candidates and the public focus on critical issues facing the nation, providing ideas, policy forums and information on a broad range of domestic and foreign policy questions.
Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Senior Fellow - Urban Institute
I think it's unusual for the chief of staff to go on a trip, particularly on a trip this long. The chief of staff is usually more of a chief operating officer in the White House itself, and normally when your principal—whether it's the president himself or the head of Cabinet agency—goes abroad, you have his deputy and those folks staying behind to help manage operations in his absence.