October 25, 2012
Some high-profile issues have been largely absent from the presidential campaign this year. Of the many words spoken in this month's three presidential debates, none were "climate change," "global warming" or "greenhouse gas."
Housing was discussed in the first debate, but the word "foreclosure" was mentioned in none. Nor was gay marriage.
The 2012 presidential campaign, not just the debates, has focused heavily from the start on jobs, pushing other once high-profile issues to the sidelines. It dismays activists who have spent decades promoting environmental issues, gay rights, gun control and other topics.
When U.S. unemployment exceeded 10 percent in October 2009, politicians said the 2012 election would be about jobs, jobs, jobs. Three years later, that hasn't changed.