By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
More than 51 million people watched the Vice-Presidential
debate, the third-highest viewed VP debate ever. Centre College, with less than 1,400
students, was an exemplary host, making the Commonwealth proud.
The international exposure for the college and for Kentucky
was substantial – 574 credentialed media representing 40 countries. Upwards of 10,000 visitors saw the
impressive volunteer work of nearly 700 students, faculty and staff, and
citizens from Danville and Boyle County.
Unfortunately, this has been the only way to get the
candidates to Kentucky. Neither of their
running mates have come to the Commonwealth to address issues or visit with
voters, although Mitt Romney attended a fundraiser a few months ago. The candidates are focused on a handful of
states that are considered too close to call. We've editorialized previously about modifying the electoral college
system somewhat to make every voter in every state feel more included in the
process. It would also be refreshing for
candidates to pledge to make a least one appearance in every state prior to
election day, and even better if some of them could be joint appearances! It would likely increase voter turnout and
engagement and reaffirm that it is the voters who employ them.