Yes, We Have Presidential Debate Bingo

Tonight, the choice in this presidential race will be made clearer than ever ever. Or it won’t. There will be zingers! There will be gaffes! But will there be substance? Probably not.

If you’re committed to watching the first debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama tonight, but you’re resigned to hearing nothing especially new, here’s a way to cope: Drink heavily, with our help. That’s right, it’s debate bingo time! We’ve updated our 2008 bingo card to make it even more challenging this year. Feel free to ignore the directions—you’re probably going to need to drink more than these rules allow. 

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It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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