Q. Has the campaign for president become too mean-spirited and uncivil? Have things gotten out of hand? Is this just the way politics works? Are people taking this too seriously?
Erik Guerra, 14, Smith Academy of International Languages, Charlotte: [Barack] Obama with [Joe] Biden, and [Sarah] Palin with [John] McCain, they are just offending each other. A debate should be about the nation, economy and the world. They seem like little kids calling each other liars. The people are taking this very serious, so should the [people who want to be] president. Things have surely gotten out of hand. It's the way politics work. I say that candidates should be serious about what they say in the debate.
Rebeccah Noll, 14, North Stanly High School, New London: I strongly feel that they have taken this whole event and turned it into a war between the candidates. Although it is a competition to become president or vice president, they should not be taking it so far that people are hurt. So therefore they should stop the fighting and just get back on track.
Sean Keady, 11, Marvin Ridge Middle School, Waxhaw: Elections aren't nice. Rumors destroyed John McCain in 2000. Jerome Corsi's book, “Unfit For Command,” destroyed John Kerry in 2004. There is no such thing as rules for smears. If the Obama campaign is upset, they should fight back. The world isn't nice. John McCain learned that the hard way in 2000 and Obama should know that. Obama has a media advantage and he should use it to fight back and win.
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Alexandra Murphy, 15, Mary G. Davis Global Leadership Academy, Charlotte: Not only have the candidates gone as far as insulting each other but also to the point where they are more focused on being elected than working on ways to help our dying economy. Actually the fight between the Democratic and Republican parties in general takes up too much energy that could be used to work with each other. Everything seems to be revolving around popularity and money, and nothing on what the government is originally there for.
Molly Yandle, 14, Providence Day School, Charlotte: Things involving the presidential election have gotten out of hand. At the beginning of the journey, McCain and Obama both promised that they would do nothing to attack any of their opponents. However, the most recent presidential debate contradicts this statement. Rather than stating their own opinion, each candidate stated what was wrong with the opinion of their opponent. Candidates should state what they believe and accept what their opponent believes.