Africa has been mentioned only fleetingly in the recent US presidential debates, a reflection of how low the continent rates.
In the three debates between Democratic party candidate Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, as well as in the one between their running-mates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, Africa was mentioned only in passing as a foreign policy or security issue of concern to the United States.
In the final debate between Mr Obama and Mr McCain at Hofstra University in New York last Wednesday, there was not a single reference to Africa.
In the second debate on October 7 there were passing references to Africa by both candidates, the focus being mainly on the situation in Darfur and on Sudan as well as the issue of US support for any intervention. There were also references to Somalia and the Rwanda genocide. more..http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/481630/-/148ayrsz/-/index.html