Like many GamePolitics
readers, I was disappointed that none of the videos submitted by gamers made the final cut for last night's CNN/YouTube Republican debate
To be fair, however, there are many other crucial issues such as Iraq, abortion, gun control, the economy and the influence of religion on politics. Host Anderson Cooper focused on these.
One telling moment for me, however, came when Mitt Romney could not bring himself to condemn the practice of waterboarding
. Here's a guy who decries violent video games as part the "cultural cesspool
" in which today's children are supposedly swimming but can't even find it within himself to condemn this acknowledged form of torture?
Sen. John McCain - who was a torture victim during his years of captivity by the North Vietnamese - absolutely ripped Romney on the issue and he was right to do so.
For Romney, the take-away is that virtual violence is a horror, but real-life torture is okay.
Governor, your hypocrisy is showing...
Here's the video of McCain-Romney exchange
. Full text version after the jump.
Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin has weighed in on the debate:
I was disappointed not to see a gamer question in much the same way that I was disheartened not to hear many other secondary, but important, questions posed.
The ECA member I ran into at PAX... put it into context well in that anyone watching a two hour debate on CNN very likely already knows where the candidates stand on the major issues, and it's certainly easy enough to find out otherwise.
What we don't know is where - or even "if" - they stand on the secondary matters. We won't let up however. Consumer rights are topically important and our demographic can and will be motivated to vote, but only if those politicians are willing to make the effort to speak to issues that are important to us.