Free Speech - U.S. Election Special
All eyes are Stateside right now as today is the U.S. Presidential Election.
It’s a two-horse race with the current Democrat President Barack Obama fighting to hold on to his position for a second term, versus the Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who is hoping to pip him to the post and move into the White House.
Honouring the biggest democratic vote in the world, Free Speech are holding a U.S. Election Special in Colchester, Essex, with a stellar panel of presidential experts to debate us through the issues of the night. Introducing:
Historian, writer, and current Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, Dr Tristram Hunt MP.
American journalist, author and Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding, Sarah Churchwell.
Cyclist, scientist, and serving Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert.
American obsessive, History expert and Tea Party supporter, Dr. Tim Stanley.
Controversial star of Young, Bright and on the Right, and former Oxford Uni Conservative Association chair, Joe Cooke.
The eagle eyed among you will have noticed five panellists instead of our usual four – meaning you’ll get even more debate to mull over for the night. Which can only be a good thing, right?
But, what will that debate consist of? Well, that’s up to you, as it’s your debate and needs your input. The four subjects up for offering this month are:
- The U.S. Presidential Elections – who will win, why, and does it really matter
- Voting – why don’t young people vote, and will giving the right to 16 and 17 year olds make any difference?
- Abortion – do men have the right to have a say in when a baby can be terminated?
- Jimmy Savile – have we lost faith in the BBC?
Something to say on any of those? Good. We thought so. ‘Cos in the last few weeks these issues have been ripped apart and put up for dissection by our hungry online audience through Facebook and Twitter. These debates have been flying around, and there’s been some pretty strong opinions on both sides of the argument so far.
For those who don’t yet know, Free Speech is more than a panel debate show. It’s a completely interactive programme that YOU control from your very own sofa through the appropriately named Power Bar. Find out how your opinions can affect the power bar.
Throughout the live debate, the fabulous Tina Daheley of Radio 1’s Newsbeat fame will be sitting in the studio reading out as many messages as she can, bringing your debate at home in to the heart of the debate in the studio.
Got that? Good. See you at 8pm tonight on BBC Three when we’ll be opening with a question on the U.S. Elections.
Free Speech is on tonight at 8pm, live on BBC Three
* Additional note on 8 Nov 2012: Due to time constraints all of the topics listed in the the blog post were not covered in this show.