My First Debate...

CAPTION: President George H. W. Bush, Ross Perot, and Bill Clinton after their first debate.

Tonight is the first Presidential debate, which will attract north of over 40 million viewers.  Will you be among them? I’ll be tuning in for sure.

I already know who I am going to vote for in this election, but I like to think I have an open enough mind that if either of the candidates creates a really compelling case that I would consider it.  I don’t think either of them will say anything to change my mind, but I am open to it.

Each Presidential debate creates its own indelible moments:  in 2000, Al Gore’s relentless “sighing”, in 1992 President Bush checking his watch, and in 1988 Lloyd Bentsen demolishing Dan Quayle.

The first year I was able to cast a vote in the Presidential election was 1992, that was the year that Ross Perot upended the system with his electrifying third party bid.   I was swept up in the excitement and cast my first-ever Presidential ballot for the billionaire Texan.  I often wonder what “might have been?” had he not self-destructed with his erratic behavior.  His debate performances that year probably really moved the dial in his favor, but not enough.  So, will you be watching tonight?  And anyone willing to share who you cast your first-ever vote for President?