After we aired our story on Thursday about the KY3 U.S. Senate Debate on October 16th, we received a few calls from viewers inquiring about how they could learn more about both campaigns.
One caller from Stone County got me thinking. He was an older man and described himself as a lifelong, proud Democrat. He asked for the campaign phone numbers and websites for both Senator Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill. He said he had been following the race, but wanted to learn more.
When I asked him who he was supporting, he paused and said although he's a lifelong Democrat, he will break away from the party occasionally to vote for "the person." He said he liked a lot of what he was hearing from McCaskill, but hadn't yet closed the door on possibly supporting Talent.
He said he really liked what Talent was saying on television, about bipartisanship, working with the other side, putting people before politics. For the last few weeks the Talent campaign has bombarded television markets with a variety of ads touting Talent as a Senator who is just that. It's just a small example of why political ads matter. This man inferred that a lot of what he was hearing about the race came from the advertisements. He said Talent seemed likeable in the ads and he therefore wasn't ready to commit one way or the other. He also said he's excited about the race and wanted to learn more.
We're happy he's excited and engaged in the debate. And if you are one of those undecided voters, I'd like to hear from you. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a race where the undecided number hovers around 5 percent or less, it is refreshing to hear from someone still wrestling with their decision. It could be a few thousand people out there, like this man from Stone County, who ultimately decide this race.