Presidential Candidates and the UN
October 23, 2008
Students, faculty and staff gathered to hear polar views on key issues of the presidential campaign, Thursday, Oct. 23 at ShorelineCommunity College.
In the first event sponsored by the college's new Global Affairs Center, Michael K. Vaska, speaking for Sen. John McCain, and Gael Tarleton, speaking for Sen. Barack Obama, put on the ideological gloves for the exchange of views. Vaska is a partner in the Foster Pepper law firm and chairs the state McCain Campaign Environmental Stewardship Coalition. Obama supporter Tarleton is Seattle Port Commissioner, a national security expert, international business manager, and a leader in the non-profit and university sectors.
The event was intended to focus on the candidates' stances on an appropriate role for the United Nations, but veered off on many other points during the spirited 90-minute session. One of those tangents was the question: What does it mean to be a liberal in today's world? Perhaps without consensus, the participants and audience seemed to at least agree that such definitions are fluid, changing with the times.