Now that we know Mitt Romney and President Obama will be facing off in the fall, each candidate has officially begun campaigning for the hearts and minds of Americans. While both men trout out a barrage of promises to make America better and make the case for why they are the best man for the job, many of us are waiting for them to engage in a real debate about issues we actually care about.

Sure budget battles, deficit spending, and our continued presence in the Middle East are important, but these things pale in comparison to what many of us think about. And while some in “middle” (read: white) America may be agonizing about Paul Ryan’s budget or the inner workings of the Bowles-Simpson Plan, most black folks have a different set of concerns.

Here are 3 things we wish President Obama and Mitt Romney would address this campaign season:

Solutions, Not Slogans 

Campaign slogans are easy. An effective catch phrase can get people fired up to vote, while a lackluster slogan may spell disaster for a campaign. Back in 2008, President’s Obama’s “Hope and Change” and “Yes We Can” became iconic, popping up in artwork, songs, and on bumper stickers all over the country. While slogans are great, solutions are even better.

So far Mitt Romney and President Obama have been heavy on promises and campaign rhetoric, but light on solutions. Voters need to know what exactly each candidate will do about our sluggish economy, not just empty promises to slash the deficit, create jobs, and return America to “greatness.”

Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama – show us your plan, not just your promises.

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  • LN

    I wouldn’t say that Obama has been light on solutions in general. I mean, he passed a massive healthcare reform, has ramped up domestic oil drilling, finished out the war in Iraq, facilitated the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and pushed through many consumer safety reforms. But he HAS been light on economic solutions.

    I’m still confused as to why he spent so much time in his first term focusing on healthcare reform when the economy was in such terrible shape. He’s been an active president but, in my opinion, not active enough where it counts.

    I’m proud to see how well the US has weathered the global recession compared to Europe, and even China — whose growth has slowed acutely — but I think there are fundamental economic issues that haven’t been resolved. If manufacturing is leaving America, then where are the high-paying middle class/blue collar jobs that will replace it? Also, why is our educational system so behind other superpowers? We’re being trounced in math and science and losing out on critical math and science related job/economic growth.