THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: Presidential Debate Recap; Economic Development Through Small Business; Voter Suppression Update

Topics Include: Analysis of the second Presidential Debate; Economic Development through Small Business, which candidate has the best plan; the weekly update on voter suppression; and keeping the candidates honest Martin compares comments made with facts

October 19, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – This week on Washington Watch with Roland Martin, David Harewood featured as Director of Counterterrorism David Estes on Showtime’s Network’s Emmy® winning series Homeland joins Martin Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m. (EST) / 8 a.m. (PST) on TV One.

“The president got his mojo back,” proclaims Roland Martin regarding the recent second Presidential debate. Martin also questions whether the strong performance significantly moved the needle as the race continues to tighten between President Obama and Mitt Romney, joined by his guests at the roundtable this week including: Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Raynard Jackson, Republican Political Consultant and President of Raynard Jackson and Associates Karen Finney, Democratic Strategist and former Democratic National Committee Communications Director Cornell Belcher, Political Strategist and Obama 2012 Pollster.

Topics explored during the hour include: Analysis of the second Presidential Debate; truth in politics is put to the test with the aid of’s “Pants on Fire” rating system; and the weekly update on voter suppression.

This week’s segment of “The Choice” deals with how the candidates will handle Economic Development through Small Business. Joining the discussion, Julie Cunningham, President and CEO of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and Ron Busby, President of the U.S. Black Chamber, take a look at the small business programs and proposals of President Obama and Mitt Romney. According to the Washington Post, Romney’s budget plans would result in a 5% cut to the Small Business Administration while President Obama nearly doubled the budget and elevated the head of the SBA to a cabinet level position; Martin asks how each candidate will deal with an issue that is of particular interest to African Americans.


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