Spoiler alert. Bob Schieffer of CBS’s Face the Nation will moderate Monday’s third and final presidential debate, and unlike the first two, the candidates–and the public–have a chance to gander at the topics to be addressed, all in the realm of foreign policy and national security.
They are: “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” “Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines – Israel and Iran,” “The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World,” and “America’s role in the world.”
This announcement gives political publications a window of opportunity to help Schieffer by proposing their own dynamic questions on the assigned topics.
Only, if there’s one thing we can learn from the first two presidential face-offs, the questions don’t really matter. Both candidates will address the topics writ large and ignore the questions they prefer not to answer. And with two-minute time limits, they’ll get away with it too.
But hope springs eternal. With announced topics in hand, let’s lay out what the candidates will say about each one, and the more crucial questions we hope they’ll address.