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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, October 1:
Think about how much the United States has changed since the Constitution was adopted 225 years ago. Transportation was by horseback, carriages, and wagons. Written communication was done through newspapers or pamphlets. Word of mouth was how most Americans communicated.
Those conditions are one of the biggest reasons the Constitution's framers decided a president should be chosen by an Electoral College. A direct popular vote by the people didn't seem practical at the time because voters couldn't learn much about the candidates over the wide area of 13 states along the Atlantic Coastline.
Today, communication is instantaneous, not only in the 50 states, but around the world. For that reason alone, some argue the Electoral College is outdated and should be replaced. Others go as far as saying the Electoral College is just unfair.
We'll take a look at how we elect a president on Monday's Radio Smart Talk with political analaysts, Dr. Jim Hoefler of Dickinson College and Dr. G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College.
Radio Smart Talk will also address whether a bad campaign translates into a bad presidency and preview the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
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