Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton’s Pitch for Frankfort

The first presidential debate is behind us, and observers are still digesting how President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney performed.

It was a much anticipated discussion that about 67 million Americans watched, but surprisingly both Mr. Obama’s critics and supporters agreed that the president gave a lackluster performance.

Romney was more aggressive and forceful, and this could be the turning point his campaign needs less than five weeks until Election Day. For many, this puts added pressure on Vice President Joe Biden in his debate against Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday in Danville, Ky.

But the president’s supporters point out that while Romney may have won the style of the debate his facts do not add up on a number of his assertions.

I talked to political commentator Stacy Brooks and Louisville Young Republicans Chairman James Young about the debate, Mr. Obama’s performance and where the election is headed.

Norris Shelton is an activist, published author, minister and liquor store owner in west Louisville. And now he is a candidate for the Kentucky Senate under his own banner—the Descendants of American Slaves Party—against longtime Democratic incumbent Gerald Neal.

The 75-year-old businessman is making his first bid for office, but does not hesitate to criticize his opponent or comment on the problems in the community he wants to represent. But Neal points out that beyond Shelton’s outspoken activism he has little knowledge about state government or what pertinent issues face the commonwealth.

Shelton stopped by to talk about his political and business background, various statewide issues and why he is running for public office.

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