Local perspectives on the presidential campaign

Justin Blake

Dick Oliphant

Starting next week, The Desert Sun will launch a series of eight point-counterpoint columns and online debates on the presidential campaign.
From July 17 to Oct. 23 from 2-2:30 p.m. every other Tuesday, visitors to mydesert.com can watch local Democratic and Republican leaders debate stances on the issues taken by President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Columns on the issues will appear in The Desert Sun on the day of the debates.
The first issue is debt and taxes, debated by Republican Dick Oliphant and Democrat Justin Blake. Readers are invited to email questions in advance to james.folmer@thedesertsun.com