THIS WEEK On Washington Watch: The Race For Female Voters; Plans For National Defense; Voter Suppression Update And The Story Behind Barack Obama


–Topics to include: Analysis of the third Presidential Debate, the race for women voters, the impact of both candidates’ plan for national defense spending, the weekly update on voter suppression and the story behind President Barack Obama —

October 26, 2012 – Silver Spring, MD –Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Obama: The Story,” David Maraniss; Retired U.S. Army General John Hawkins III and Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Tom Tarantino are among  the guests on WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN on TV One, this Sunday, October 28 at 11AM/ET.

The journalist/commentator panel will include: Sonya Ross, Race, Ethnicity and Demographics Editor for the Associated Press, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Essence Magazine Contributor and Founder of Last Word Productions; Robert Traynham, MSNBC Contributor and Washington Bureau Chief for the Comcast Network; and Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Topics explored during the hour include: analysis of the third presidential debate; the importance of female voters and both parties active perusal of this demographic. Martin and panel also discuss the key issues women should consider before voting and a new survey by the Associated Press on race in America; both candidates’ plans for national defense and its effects on African Americans; the weekly update on voter suppression and a truthful look at President Obama’s personal history.

This week’s segment of “The Choice” deals with the candidates plans for national defense spending. Martin gives insight into how defense spending affects African Americans economically as well as their national security; he also breaks down the differences of both candidates’ plans and the impact on African Americans. Joining him in this discussion are Retired U.S. Army General John Hawkins the Third and Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Tom Tarantino.

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