Happy first presidential debate!
"This past summer in a movie theater in Colorado I was shot, shot in the face and neck," Stephen Barton says. "But I was lucky. In the next four years, 48,000 Americans won't be so lucky, because they'll be murdered with guns in the next president's term. Enough to fill over 200 theaters. So when you watch the presidential debates, ask yourself: Who has a plan to stop gun violence?"
Wednesday's debate in Denver will be held just 9 miles from the Aurora theater.
In the final weeks before Election Day, a fight is brewing within the Virginia Republican Party over the Facebook page of a county affiliate that is littered with overtly racist and offensive images of President Obama.
One portrays him and Joe Biden as the stars of Brokeback Mountain; in another, Obama wears a "wife beater," offers a bouquet of flowers, and says "C'mon baby gimme one more chance"; a third image shows him wearing his Nobel Peace Prize on an enormous gold chain.
Mecklenburg County GOP chair Wally Hudson defends the imagery and has ignored a takedown request by the state GOP:
If they don't want to see it, they don't have to look at it. We don't consider any of it racist. ... It's freedom of speech.
Pat Mullins, the state GOP chair, is less than convinced. "These kinds of images have no place in political discourse — period," he said. "The Republican Party of Virginia condemns this sort of imagery in the strongest possible terms."
(Sidenote: Anyone else notice that they're terrible Photoshops?)