ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS: Cambridge, OH (CNN) - There was a farmer’s market under way on the courthouse square as we pulled into town, and across the street Howard Forsythe, 73, was walking into the bank to take care of some personal business.
We talked for a few minutes about the first presidential debate next week, and he said that if he were somehow allowed to ask the candidates one question, it would be this:
“What are you going to do about the fact that we’re going to have to initiate a military draft again?”
He said that it’s the one subject politicians are afraid to touch– and he believes that most government leaders in Washington realize a draft is inevitable, but refuse to admit it to voters.
"Our military is so stripped right now," he said. "Families are being torn apart, soldiers are being sent for two and three tours of duty, and no one will say out loud what they know in their hearts– that the draft is coming back."
He said he wished he could come along with us to Mississippi for the debate next week, and somehow, despite the event’s rules, be allowed to ask the question.
“I know what the answer from both of them would be,” he said. “They’d say they think we can do all right without a draft. But a draft is the only solution, and I’d like to look in their eyes as they pretended that it isn’t.”